It makes sense that heart health is the central focus of men’s healthcare, since heart disease is the leading cause of premature death for men in the United States. In fact, 24% of U.S. American men die from heart attack. Below are the simple preventive measures recommended by your heart health team at Maimonides Medical Center, your surgical center in Brooklyn, NY. Follow these basics, in order to maintain good heart health and reduce your risk of developing heart disease.
Be More Physically Active.
- Start Exercising — Exercise every day for 30 minutes or more. Choose a form of exercise that you enjoy, so that it will be more enjoyable for you and easier to maintain as a habit.
- Take Breaks to Move — If your work keeps you behind your desk all day, get up several times throughout the day for brief (5-10 minutes), vigorous walks around your building.
- Choose Active Recreation — Spend some of your free time off of the couch, playing a sports activity in the backyard with your kids. Or, play tennis or racquetball with a friend a couple of times weekly. Join a community basketball league, or volunteer for a little active non-profit work.
- Use Stress Reduction Techniques — Try relaxation methods, such as stretching the muscle groups, deep breathing, walking for a few minutes, or other quick relaxation activities. If you are experiencing excessive stress and cannot alleviate it on your own, ask your doctor about therapeutic stress management options.
- Take Time to Relax — Stress can promote high blood pressure. As a priority, take out some time every day, as part of your health-management regimen, to relax your body and mind and just decompress.
- Get a Sufficient Amount of Sleep — Not getting enough sleep, or a sufficient quality of sleep is a serious threat to heart health. Evaluate your current mattress, pillow, blankets, lighting, noise conditions and other features of your sleep environment for comfort and conduciveness to good sleep quality. Make necessary corrections, to ensure adequate sleep.
Change Your Eating Habits.
- Track Your Cholesterol — Monitor your levels of HDL and LDL cholesterol and triglyceride. Have routine cholesterol tests, and adjust your eating habits as necessary to control your cholesterol.
- Avoid Empty Calorie Foods — Reduce your consumption of foods and beverages that are high-calorie but low in nutrition. These foods cannot meet your body’s nutritional requirements. Consequently, the hunger sensation is stimulated, causing you consume excess calories as your body struggles to take in a sufficient amount of nutrients.
- Familiarize Yourself with Nutrition Contents — Google food names, or download a free App to view the nutrition information for foods and drinks you frequently consume. Learning about the foods you eat helps you plan your meals and manage your weight.
- Limit Your Alcohol Consumption — Alcohol can impact blood pressure, may be high in calorie and low in nutrients, and can promote dehydration.
Have Routine Checkups.
See your family physician for yearly exams. Discuss your dietary habits and physical activities with your doctor. Be sure to tell your doctor about any symptoms you may have experienced, such as heart palpitations. Also, be sure to mention any heart problems in your family history.
Your doctor will maintain monitoring of your blood pressure and may order a cholesterol test for you. More frequent testing may be recommended. If your blood pressure is high, your doctor recommend that you start monitoring it at home, using a blood pressure monitoring kit that you can buy from your pharmacy.
Maimonides Medical Center
The Maimonides surgical center in Brooklyn, NY is the borough’s largest hospital. Maimonides is one of the “Top 10” hospitals in the major categories of medical care assessed by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Surgeons in every major sub-specialty practice at Maimonides. Our Cardiac, Thoracic, Orthopedic, Urologic and Neuro surgical divisions are among the most highly recognized in the United States.
For More Information
For more information about maintaining heart health for men and boys, or to find the closest places to get a physical in your local area, contact Maimonides Medical Center for guidance in scheduling with a board certified primary care physician near you.