Dr. Scott Hacking, a Cardiologist from St. Mark's Hospital has recommendations to keep your heart healthy during the holidays.
You can make it through holiday feasts without compromising your heart health. Dr. Hacking says this is the time of year when you see and smell food everywhere. And, comfort food is popular, we turn to food that is higher in fat and calories when the weather cools down. He says the best way to keep your heart healthy is to be smart. Take a smaller plate, and don't fill it up all the way. Portion control can really go a long way this time of year. He suggests to eat more salads and green beans and don't take as much potatoes and gravy.
The average person gains 4-5 pounds between now and the end of December because they don't do those things.
Dr. Hacking says if you have heart disease and are traveling, remember to take your pills and keep a list of your medications in your wallet if you do have to go to the hospital.
He says you should have your heart checked ten years before your closest relative had a heart problem. And, he suggests getting your cholesterol checked if you are over the age of 25.
It is a good idea to make your New Year's resolution early and start exercising now.
Common symptoms of heart problems include chest pain or pressure in chest/ arm or jaw, shortness of breath, sweating or nausea...especially during exertion. But some people, especially women don't have classic symptoms... Talk to your doctor about a-typical symptoms...maybe you're just tired....
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