February 14, 2024

As we prepare to celebrate our favorite ‘love’ holiday, February is also a time to focus on the organ that keeps us alive, the heart.

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women in the United States. The good news? Heart disease is preventable, and focusing on improving your heart health has never been more important. Devoting a little time every day to care for yourself can go a long way toward protecting the health of your heart. 

Here are some helpful ideas from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute to improve and protect your heart.

  • Target 150 minutes weekly of heart-healthy activities such as walking or exercising.
  • Cook meals that are low in sodium and unhealthy fats.
  • Take your medications as prescribed and keep your medical appointments.
  • Try to reach or stay at a healthy weight by moving more and having snacks like fruits and vegetables, ready to grab when hunger hits.

Lower Stress
Preventing and managing long-term stress can lower your risk of heart disease, high blood pressure, and depression.
Practice mindfulness with deep breathing, meditation, yoga, or other activities that help you become calm and present (and can help lower blood pressure).

Brush
Dental health has a tremendous impact on your whole body’s health. Be sure to: 
Brush teeth twice a day with ADA-accepted fluoride toothpaste.
Clean between teeth daily with floss.
Visit your dentist regularly for oral examinations and professional cleanings.

With over 20 locations throughout the Inland Northwest, CHAS Health makes it easy to keep a pulse on your blood pressure, blood sugar, and cholesterol levels. 

If it’s been a while since you have been to the doctor, you can schedule an appointment by calling us at 509.444.8200 or scheduling online!