Healthy Heart Tips


Diet Tips for a Healthy Heart

Whether you eat out or prepare food for yourself, there are some basic rules of the road that apply wherever you are.

Fat and Frying are not Your Friends! Ordering fried chicken or fried fish is not necessarily an improvement over fatty red meat options. Whenever possible, go with grilled chicken, fish or lean cuts of beef. If choosing between a baked potato or fries, there’s no contest– go with the baked potato, but opt for margrine over butter.

Portion Size Matters! Less is more. That great-big, extra-large, mega-value meal pack can carry a hidden health cost. The larger the portion you consume, the larger the potential amount of sodium, fat and sugar you might consume. Remember, regardless of whether they are from fat, carbohydrates or protein, calories are calories and eating too many can hurt you.

This is a Marathon, Not a Sprint! A quick diet program may help you lose weight and reach a short-term goal. However, it takes a life-long commitment to enjoy a longer life. Watching what you eat every day is key. Remember, getting the most out of life means being healthy enough to enjoy it. Not All Oil is Created Equal! Avoid coconut oil, palm oil or palm kernel oil. Although these are technically vegetable oils, they are all high in saturated fats.

They Mean Well. Yes, this is a diet tip. If word gets out among your family and friends that your heart health is an issue, you can expect little comments like, “Should you really be eating that?” It is perfectly human to want to show them and indulge even more, if you were even indulging at all. Resist the temptation and rise above it. It’s your health at stake. Don’t sacrifice it for spite.


Excercise Tips for a Healthy Heart

Get Moving. Stay Healthy. Contrary to popular belief, the COUCH IS NOT YOUR FRIEND. Reasonable activity is. Here are few tips to help your heart get pumping the right way.

Steady Wins the Race! You may have been a master crammer in school, but that doesn’t work for your body. Working out hard on Saturday does not make up for being inactive all week, all month or all year. When it comes to exercise, there’s no such thing as making up for lost time. In fact, trying to do so may be dangerous. A daily, steady exercise program will do you and your heart a world of good.

It’s Okay to Ask for Directions! Not knowing how many repetitions to do or even how to use certain pieces of exercise equipment is no reason not to exercise. Just ask. Many gyms offer, as a part of their introductory program, a customized program for your needs. Take them up on it.

Track Your Success the Right Way! Many people try to use their daily weight as a measure of success. This can be discouraging and misleading, as body weight can fluctuate for a variety of reasons. Instead, keep track of how many minutes you’ve exercised each day, how many repetitions you’ve performed and on which machines. These are the numbers that you have direct control over and the accomplishments that will do you the most good.

Have Fun! Exercise does not have to be unpleasant to be beneficial. If you enjoy walking, swimming or cycling or some other sustained activity, go for it. Even setting up a treadmill in front of a TV set can do you a world of good, if you put in at least 30 minutes a day. Unfortunately, driving your golf card from tee to tee does not count.

Dress the Part. Wearing loose fitting comfortable clothing that’s appropriate for the weather or other conditions is important. Breaking a sweat is important, but the goal is to improve your cardiovascular health. So don’t dress too warmly just to sweat some weight off. You’ll only be fooling the scale and yourself.


The American Heart Association

The Heart Disease Trifecta. While a trifecta in gambling is a good a thing, your health is the last thing with which you want to gamble. When it comes to your health, the Heart Disease Trifecta of Type 2 Diabetes, High Blood Pressure and High Cholesterol is a very bad thing. Any one of these three can predict the arrival of the other two.

While this combination of conditions is common, especially among males, it is not to be ignored. In addition to threatening your heart, blindness, a weakened immune system, pancreatic failure, fainting and even male performance issues (ED) can result.

Your sugar level, your blood pressure and your cholesterol represent the first three dominos that can wipe out your health. Pay attention to them and you can live a long, happy and healthy life.


Heart Healthy Recipes & Cooking

We know how important diet is to maintaining a healthy heart. Cooking “heart-healthy” doesn’t have to be boring.

Don’t know where to start? Thankfully our friends at the Mayo Clinic have compiled some great recipes to keep your heart in shape.

Transesophageal Echocardiogram (TEE)

A transesophageal echocardiogram (TEE) is an invasive heart procedure where an ultrasound probe is inserted into your esophagus (food pipe). A transesophageal echocardiogram allows your cardiologist to acquire detailed pictures pertaining to the structure, function and any valvular heart disease that many be present. This procedure demonstrates your cardiac function in much greater detail than a standard transthoracic echocardiogram.

Prior to your procedure, you should not have any food or drink for 8-12 hours. In most cases, you will be able to take your home medications as scheduled. Your cardiologist / healthcare provider will advise you if there are any requirements to alter your medication schedule. Prior to your transesophageal echocardiogram, the technologist will insert an IV in your arm as a safety precaution to begin the test. This will allow sedation to be given to make you more comfortable during your procedure. During your procedure, you will be required to lie flat for approximately 30 minutes while the test is being completed. After your transesophageal echocardiogram, you will need to refrain from driving for approximately 12 hours and will need someone to accompany you home after the procedure. You can return to your normal activities the morning after your procedure.

To Our Patients

In response to the outbreak of COVID-19, our offices are dedicated to keeping you safe while providing you with the highest quality healthcare. Below is a list of new policies put into action to limit the spread of COVID-19.

  • Disinfecting high touch areas every two hours
  • Providing face masks at patient facing encounters
  • Daily screening of employee temperatures
  • Pre-visiting patient screening for COVID-19 symptoms
  • Limit non-essential, non-patient personnel into our offices

In addition, we offer Telehealth appointments. Using a smartphone, tablet or computer, you can talk to a doctor or nurse practitioner without leaving your home. Call (423) 926-4468 to schedule or reschedule an appointment today.

We hope you and your loved ones stay safe and healthy during this time.


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