February 17, 2017 |  written by IVX Health

Improve Heart Health During American Heart Month

February seems to be all about hearts, between Valentine's Day and American Heart Month.  Read on to find out more about how to take care of your heart health so you can live the fullest life possible. Why Heart Health Matters Your heart is the most important muscle in your body, and it makes it possible for basically every other body function to happen.  If your heart isn't in good shape, the rest of you won't be either.  But the good news is you can make improvements in your heart health with a few strategies. How to Improve Your Heart Health Just like any other muscle in your body, you can help it heal and grow with the right combination of nutrients, exercise and rest.  Here's a five-prong strategy for taking control of your heart health. #1: Assess Your Heart Health First things first, talk to your doctor and find out what sort of shape your heart (and the rest of you) is in.  Without knowing where you are, you can't find your starting point, so it's important to get a realistic picture of the current state of your heart health. #2: Add Daily Exercise The benefits of exercise have been proven time and again, but you don't have to become a marathon runner to get them.  Take a look at your baseline, and take up your activity level one small step at a time (with the advice of your health team). For example, if you're completely sedentary, start walking for 10 to 15 minutes three times a week.  Already walking 30-45 minutes three times a week?  Go for the gold by adding another enjoyable activity, like yoga or even a group class like Zumba. #3: Add Healthy Variety to Your Diet Your heart needs vitamins and minerals from a well-rounded diet to function at its best.  A diet full of vegetables, fruits, lean proteins and whole grains is ideal.  If you're not there yet though, again, start small.  Add a serving of vegetables to every meal.  Switch from refined grains to whole grains.  Think of it as a new adventure -- a journey to find new foods you might love! #4: Cut Back on Activities Detrimental to Heart Health Smoking is a No. 1 risk factor for heart problems, so if you're a smoker, take steps to quit or to at least cut back.  (Just like everything else, we're all for baby steps here when cold turkey isn't an option.)  You'll also want to keep an eye on your intake of high cholesterol foods, sugar and alcohol, as these items can have an affect on your heart health.  A sedentary lifestyle is also a high risk factor for heart problems, so make sure you're making an effort to walk around for a few minutes every hour. #5: Take Care of Other Health Conditions If you take medications to manage other conditions, whether it's a chronic illness, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, or something else, make sure you're taking them as directed by your doctor. More Resources for Heart Health MillionHearts has a lot of great resources for learning more about heart health.  Check out their website for more information, during American Heart Month and beyond. IV Treatment for Chronic Illness at IVX Health If IV infusions are a part of your health plan, then consider scheduling your next appointment at IVX Health.  IVX Health makes it possible for you to get your treatment and engage in self-care with a spa-like environment and the comforts of home at any of our offices.  You can receive your IV treatment while catching up on your favorite TV shows on our HDTVs, digging into the latest hit novel on our eReaders, or by simply hanging out with friends or family in your own private room.  You can bring your laptop and work if you’re on a tight deadline at work, or you can even bring your spouse and call it a date!  It’s the right care at the right place to get both your physical and emotional health back on track. We’re invested in helping you live your best life, so we offer appointments during days, evenings and on Saturdays at any of our convenient locations.  If you’re ready to experience the difference IVX Health can make in your life, give us a call at any of our locations.

February seems to be all about hearts, between Valentine’s Day and American Heart Month.  Read on to find out more about how to take care of your heart health so you can live the fullest life possible.

Why Heart Health Matters

Your heart is the most important muscle in your body, and it makes it possible for basically every other body function to happen.  If your heart isn’t in good shape, the rest of you won’t be either.  But the good news is you can make improvements in your heart health with a few strategies.

How to Improve Your Heart Health

Just like any other muscle in your body, you can help it heal and grow with the right combination of nutrients, exercise and rest.  Here’s a five-prong strategy for taking control of your heart health.

#1: Assess Your Heart Health

First things first, talk to your doctor and find out what sort of shape your heart (and the rest of you) is in.  Without knowing where you are, you can’t find your starting point, so it’s important to get a realistic picture of the current state of your heart health.

#2: Add Daily Exercise

The benefits of exercise have been proven time and again, but you don’t have to become a marathon runner to get them.  Take a look at your baseline, and take up your activity level one small step at a time (with the advice of your health team).

For example, if you’re completely sedentary, start walking for 10 to 15 minutes three times a week.  Already walking 30-45 minutes three times a week?  Go for the gold by adding another enjoyable activity, like yoga or even a group class like Zumba.

#3: Add Healthy Variety to Your Diet

Your heart needs vitamins and minerals from a well-rounded diet to function at its best.  A diet full of vegetables, fruits, lean proteins and whole grains is ideal.  If you’re not there yet though, again, start small.  Add a serving of vegetables to every meal.  Switch from refined grains to whole grains.  Think of it as a new adventure — a journey to find new foods you might love!

#4: Cut Back on Activities Detrimental to Heart Health

Smoking is a No. 1 risk factor for heart problems, so if you’re a smoker, take steps to quit or to at least cut back.  (Just like everything else, we’re all for baby steps here when cold turkey isn’t an option.)  You’ll also want to keep an eye on your intake of high cholesterol foods, sugar and alcohol, as these items can have an affect on your heart health.  A sedentary lifestyle is also a high risk factor for heart problems, so make sure you’re making an effort to walk around for a few minutes every hour.

#5: Take Care of Other Health Conditions

If you take medications to manage other conditions, whether it’s a chronic illness, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, or something else, make sure you’re taking them as directed by your doctor.

More Resources for Heart Health

MillionHearts has a lot of great resources for learning more about heart health.  Check out their website for more information, during American Heart Month and beyond.

IV Treatment for Chronic Illness at IVX Health

If IV infusions are a part of your health plan, then consider scheduling your next appointment at IVX Health.  IVX Health makes it possible for you to get your treatment and engage in self-care with a spa-like environment and the comforts of home at any of our offices.  You can receive your IV treatment while catching up on your favorite TV shows on our HDTVs, digging into the latest hit novel on our eReaders, or by simply hanging out with friends or family in your own private room.  You can bring your laptop and work if you’re on a tight deadline at work, or you can even bring your spouse and call it a date!  It’s the right care at the right place to get both your physical and emotional health back on track.

We’re invested in helping you live your best life, so we offer appointments during days, evenings and on Saturdays at any of our convenient locations.  If you’re ready to experience the difference IVX Health can make in your life, give us a call at any of our locations.

Treatment at IVX Health

If biologics like Remicade, Actemra or Orencia  are a part of your chronic illness treatment plan, then consider choosing IVX Health for your ongoing care needs. IVX Health makes it possible to receive your therapy in a comfortable, convenient, and private environment.

With a private suite for every patient, you can watch your favorite Netflix show or movie on the big screen TV in each room, use a laptop or other mobile device to surf the web, or simply hang out with family and friends. We always have chairs for guests, and each center has a family room that is spacious and private if you need to bring your kids to your treatment. We also offer flexible appointment scheduling – including evenings and Saturdays – at any of our convenient locations.

At IVX Health, we truly are invested in helping you live your best life. If you’re ready to experience a new kind of infusion clinic, click here to learn how to move your infusion or injection therapy to IVX Health.

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