Preventive Measures for a Stronger Heart

David Wolinsky, MD - Cleveland Clinic Florida Cardiologist

February 4, 2017

Heart disease is the number one killer in the U.S., responsible for 1 out of every 2.5 deaths. In many cases, it can be prevented by making lifestyle changes. Below are some recommendations that can greatly improve your cardiac health.

Q: What exercise best improves my heart’s health?

A: Aerobic exercise, including brisk walking, jogging, biking, swimming or using a treadmill or Stairmaster is best. Ask a physician’s advice before beginning an exercise such as weight lifting.

Q: Is a high heart rate dangerous during exercise?

A: Generally speaking, a fast heart rate is not dangerous unless you already have heart disease. But watch for signs of trouble including chest discomfort or shortness of breath. If you have a history of heart problems consult a physician before starting an exercise program.

Q: Can nutrition and exercise help me avoid heart disease?

A: Proper nutrition and low cholesterol levels, along with regular exercise, are central to a healthy heart. Limit fatty or high cholesterol foods and try to get 45 minutes to an hour of aerobic exercise every day. Such simple steps can often help prevent heart disease or halt its progression.

Q: If heart disease runs in my family, what screening should I have?

A: Blood pressure measurement and a fasting lipid profile are simple and helpful. Blood sugar screenings for diabetes are also useful and especially important for overweight individuals.

Cleveland Clinic Florida provides individualized treatment plans for excellent outcomes of cardiovascular problems, ranging from the most common to the most complex—and even in cases considered untreatable by others.  The cardiovascular team is highly skilled in the most innovative treatment options, and is backed by the vast resources of Cleveland Clinic in Ohio, which has been ranked #1 in the nation for heart care for over 20 years in a row.


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