Celebrating Valentine's Day and American Heart Month
We're celebrating Valentine's Day and strong heart health a little bit differently this year. We know that everyone wants to spend time with their loved ones during this special time of the year but it is important to stay healthy. Be sure to celebrate responsibly by social distancing, wearing a mask, and using video visit and other forms of communication to spread your joy and affection.
Heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women, but there are steps you can take to reduce your risk like lower cholesterol.
Get enough exercise.
It’s true that some exercise opportunities have become limited due to the pandemic, but it is still important to stay as active as possible through home exercise or other socially distanced activities. You can engage in resistance training at home, aerobics, yoga and, walks around their neighborhood. We always encourage you to wear a mask if you’re leaving the house.
Eat a healthy diet.
A heart-healthy diet includes whole grains, plenty of fruits and vegetables, low saturated fats and fish (preferably fatty fish) at least two times per week. (Missing a sweet treat? Try one of these healthier options.)
Cigarette smokers are three to six times more likely to have a heart attack than non-smokers.
See your doctor regularly.
As we’ve mentioned before, it is important to see your doctor. Video visits are an excellent way to do that if it works well for you and your doctor. For those appointments that require an in-person visit, you can always revisit our COVID-19 safety protocols to ease your mind. When it comes to the health of your heart, you can’t afford to wait.
You should consult a doctor immediately if you notice:
- Shortness of breath
- Discomfort in your chest, upper abdomen, neck, jaw or arms with physical exertion, exercise or emotional stress
The Polyclinic has a team of experts who can help with prevention, diagnosis and treatment of heart conditions, including: