Be Smart. Love Your Heart.
February 1, 2018
Your heart is one of the hardest working muscles you’ve got. It ticks around the clock to keep you alive and only gets a break when you’re relaxing or sleeping. With so much riding on this essential muscle, it’s important to treat it smart. According to the American Heart Association, one in four people die of heart disease every year. And it’s not playing favorites – heart disease is the number one killer of men and women. In fact, more women die of heart disease than from most cancers combined.
Early signs and symptoms can begin hours or days before a heart attack. You may or may not experience any or all of these symptoms. You may experience mild chest symptoms, such as pressure, burning, aching or tightness. These symptoms may come and go until finally becoming constant and severe.
- Pain that travels down one or both arms
- Jaw pain
- Chest pressure, squeezing or discomfort
- Back pain
- Shortness of breath
- Feeling of fullness
- Sleep disturbances including bouts of insomnia or trouble either getting to sleep or staying asleep
At Bolivar Medical Center, we care about your heart health. If you experience one or more of these symptoms, you owe it to yourself to get checked out immediately at Bolivar Medical Center's emergency department.
With February marking American Heart Month, there’s no better time to ensure that you’re doing everything you can to keep your heart healthy for the long run. Preventing heart disease means making smart choices today that can pay off for the rest of your life. Anyone – at any age – can benefit from these simple steps:
Eat a healthy diet.
Eating a diet of lower-calorie, nutrient-rich foods can help you control your weight, cholesterol levels and blood pressure, which helps lower your risk of heart disease. Fill your plate with fruits and vegetables, whole grains, low-fat dairy products, skinless poultry and fish, and nuts and legumes; and limit your intake of foods with saturated fat, trans fats, sodium, sugar and red meat. If you do choose to eat red meat, make sure you’re using the leanest cut you can find.
Stay physically active.
Your activity level is actually your greatest potential risk factor. Low fitness levels come with double the risk of heart disease. The good news is that your heart benefits from every type of activity. Try to complete at least 150 minutes of moderate intensity exercise, 75 minutes of vigorous activity, or a combination of the two, every week. Most importantly, just keep moving!
Know your numbers.
A big part of staying on top of your heart health is being aware of your blood pressure and cholesterol levels and working to keep them at low-risk levels. Be sure to get your levels checked regularly, and talk to your primary care doctor about your numbers and how to keep them within a healthy range. If you don’t have a primary care doctor, call 662-846-0061 and we’ll get you connected to one.
When you act early and make good heart health a priority, you can help reduce your risk for heart disease. Plus, you’ll be in a better position to catch any potential issues and work together with your doctor to keep your heart healthy for the long run.
How healthy is your heart? Visit BolivarMedical.com today to find a heart doctor or make an appointment to check up on your heart healthy numbers. Remember, you get one heart. Treat it smart.