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Heart Healthy Behaviors

Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States, affecting people of all ages and from all walks of life. You can prevent heart disease by making healthy lifestyle choices and paying attention to any heart health conditions you may have.

Tips to Keep Your Heart Healthy

Get Active

Exercising as little as 30 minutes each day can reduce your risk of heart disease. Exercise helps you maintain a healthy weight and reduce your cholesterol and blood pressure levels.

Eat Healthy

  • A healthy diet, which includes lowering your fat and cholesterol intake, can help fight cardiovascular disease.
  • Learn more about heart-healthy eating from our nutritional counselors. (Physician referral required).

Maintain a Healthy Weight

Being overweight or obese can increase your risk for heart disease. Use our tool to learn whether your BMI and waist size increase your health risks.

Stop Smoking

Cigarette smoking greatly increases your risk for heart disease and other health conditions. If you smoke, take action to quit as soon as possible. Ask your primary care physician to suggest ways to quit.

Limit Alcohol Use

Alcohol consumption can cause high blood pressure, which can lead to heart disease. Drink moderately or not at all for the best heart health.

Take Charge

Actively manage your heart health by:

  • Having your cholesterol checked at least once every five years
  • Monitoring your blood pressure regularly
  • Managing your diabetes by closely monitoring your blood sugar levels
  • Taking your medicine and following your doctor’s instructions carefully
  • Working with your primary care physician to create a treatment plan that meets your specific needs; follow-up with regular check-ups and screenings.

Sources: American Heart Association and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Let Us Help

North Kansas City Hospital's Cardiology Department delivers leading-edge cardiac care and a demonstrated commitment to heart health in our community. Let us help you with your heart health needs and overall health goals.

Call 816-221-HEAL (4325) to schedule an appointment with one of our cardiovascular specialists or to find other health resources to meet your needs.

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