How to Improve Your Cardiovascular Health in the New Year

How to Improve Your Cardiovascular Health in the New Year

The new year is the perfect time to turn over a new leaf, spring into action, and resolve to boost heart health and overall wellness. Many people desire to improve their health, but they don't know where to begin. If this is you, our team at Total Care Family Practice can help.

It’s never too late to take steps to improve heart health. Our family medicine physician, Evan Allen, MD, is devoted to providing top-quality care to the Southern Nevada community, with an emphasis on preventive health. 

Since heart disease is the primary cause of death for adults in the United States, it’s not surprising that many Americans are prioritizing heart health. The best way to get started is to partner with a health professional. When you visit us, Dr. Allen can support you in making heart-healthy changes. Let’s discuss some practical ways to start. 

Give yourself a fresh start

There’s no better time than the new year to build new habits and make improvements that contribute to wellness. It can be difficult to start making substantial changes in the middle of the holidays, but the new year gives you an opportunity to reset, refresh, and reenergize your life with new goals.

Take advantage of gym discounts

With many people resolving to improve their health, local gyms and fitness facilities tend to offer discounts on fitness and gym packages at the turn of the new year. Take advantage of these discounts to jumpstart your fitness. 

Getting plenty of physical activity is excellent for heart health. It gets your heart pumping, helps your heart stay strong, promotes weight management, and lowers cholesterol — all things that boost heart health. 

Consider trying pilates, cycling, swimming, or simply using the equipment at the gym. Aim to get at least 150 minutes of exercise per week. 

It’s easier to find support in the new year

Because many people resolve to make health changes in the new year, it’s easier to find others who are striving toward healthier lives and making positive changes towards that goal. Having support increases the chances of success. 

Having an exercise buddy can help you hold each other accountable and build healthy habits together. You’re more likely to find a health buddy at your local gym or even by joining a wellness social group online. 

Adopt stress-busting activities like tai chi

Stress taxes the heart, and research is discovering just how bad it is. Stress has numerous negative effects on heart health. Stress triggers chronic inflammation and reduces blood flow to the heart. Over time this is a recipe for poor heart health. 

Incorporating relaxing activities like tai chi into your daily life boosts heart health. It’s shown to lower blood pressure, reduce cholesterol, and lower C-reactive protein — a marker for inflammation in the body. Elevated C-reactive protein is linked to poorer heart health. In women, tai chi is shown to boost heart health and lower the risk of heart disease

New year, better heart health

Prioritizing your heart in the new year can help you transform your health with benefits that trickle down into many areas of wellness. 

Dr. Allen can perform a heart health evaluation and discuss your individual risk factors. He can help you manage your cholesterol, lower your weight if needed, and manage your blood pressure if it’s elevated. These are all key factors in heart health. 

Our Total Care Family Practice team is excited to join you on your path to better heart health. Take the first step by calling our office in Henderson, Nevada, or submitting your booking request to schedule a visit with Dr. Allen.

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