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Pooler, GA   31322

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By The Foot & Ankle Center, PC
February 28, 2018
Category: Heart Health
Tags: heart disease  

At The Foot & Ankle Center, PC, we believe in a whole-body approach to healthcare. If you have heart disease, your feet and the rest of your body suffer as well. In honor of American Heart Month, we’d like to offer these tips to reduce your risk of heart disease.

  1. Relax—stress is your body’s way of responding to changes—both good and bad. It’s important to recognize stress and learn how to manage it in a healthy way because the chronic stress that goes unchecked will raise your blood pressure and can increase your chances of developing heart disease. Cultivate positive stress busters such as meditation, short breaks to do an activity you enjoy and connect with friends and family on a daily basis.
  2. Get Moving—regular exercise can benefit your heart immensely. Your heart is a muscle and so consistently working this muscle through aerobic exercise helps keep your heart in good shape. Exercise also improves circulation, reduces high blood pressure and cholesterol—all factors that up your risk for heart disease. If committing to large blocks of time for exercise is difficult, find more ways to move in your daily life: walk while you talk on the phone, park at the far end of the lot for work and shopping, take the stairs instead of the elevator and meet friends for a walk instead of coffee are a few ways to become more physically active.
  3. Improve Your Diet—there are a number of dietary changes that will reduce your heart disease risking including: cut back on sodium, eliminate empty calories, decrease the amount of added sugar you consume, eat more vegetables, fiber and lean protein. Maintaining a healthy weight will also help take the strain off your heart (and your feet).
  4. Get Checked Out—stay current with medical checkups and follow any physician instructions for testing and treatment. This includes your podiatrist too. Many times our foot doctor, Dr. Leonard M. Talarico, has found systemic diseases through symptoms that are first displayed in the feet. Your doctors are all working together to help you stay healthy. If you have questions about circulation or other heart issues that affect your feet, contact our Pooler, GA office by calling: (912) 330 – 8885.

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