February is designated as American Heart Month, created to bring awareness to heart diseases that affect many Americans daily. According to the NCHS, heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States. Cardiovascular disease is the main cause of death for women in the US, killing more women than all forms of cancer combined— which is one in three. This month we like to stress the importance of heart health and how to be more aware of heart disease as it is our goal to keep our community happy and healthy!
What can you do to improve your health? There's a lot you can do to prevent heart disease and improve our overall heart health. According to the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, managing stress levels and sleep can help improve your heart health. Meditation, yoga, and focusing on breathing are all known for lowering your stress levels. If those aren’t up your alley, try to find something that calms you and lowers your stress. As far as sleep goes, it’s important to shoot for around 8 hours of sleep every night. Tips to help get better rest are to keep your sleep schedule consistent and to not eat right before you go to bed (or too late!) Another obvious improvement would be to get more “cardio” in to avoid the cardio-vascular disease. Exercises like going for a walk or jog around your neighborhood will significantly reduce blood pressure, improving your long-term overall health. Consequently, reductions in your blood pressure reduce the risk of strokes and heart attacks. Some of these tips are easier with friends and support, so get others involved and find some gym buddies!
Did you know that physical therapy can improve your chances of avoiding heart disease? Our physical therapists can help create a personalized heart-healthy exercise plan designed specifically for you! At our clinics, each patient is evaluated by a licensed physical therapist to establish baseline fitness levels and safety for exercise. These trained professionals guide their patients through specific exercises designed individually on that patients needs. Lifestyle changes can truly make a difference in a person's health— which is something we aim for. Our physical therapists are experts in prescribing these as part of a structured, safe, and effective program. Our goal is to transition patients from a medically supervised exercise environment to an independent gym or home-based activity program. We help people return to their normal lifestyle, we educate them, and most importantly we improve their health— leading them to a happier and healthier lifestyle! Contact one of our clinics to start improving your heart’s health today!