The importance of heart health

Jessica Wirth, NP

Heart health is a very important topic in any individual’s health. The heart is an organ in our bodies that we need to survive. It is also a muscle in the body that need to maintain its health. It is important to know and understand how to keep it healthy.

There are factors that an individual is not able to change in their lifestyle to improve the heart. Aging is a factor that cannot be changed. The typical age of heart disease is greater than 65. Hereditary family history also cannot be controlled. It is important to remember we cannot control our age, race, or family history so we need to make sure we are watching the factors that can be controlled.

Modifiable risk factors that can be controlled include diet and nutrition. These play a huge role in the health of the heart. Poor diet and nutrition is one of the major modifiable risk factors. It can also lead to diabetes, obesity, high blood pressure and high cholesterol levels which are also all risk factors for heart disease.

Physical activity also goes along with the diet and nutrition which in turn helps reduce the risk of heart disease. Tobacco and alcohol use also leads to poor heart health. It is important to start the change process if needed to prevent any further damage. Starting with one change can help to change other risk factors.

If you would like more information, call Jessica Wirth, NP, primary care provider at the CHI St. Francis Health Walk In Clinic 643-0747.

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