Heart Month: Patient Education and Nutritious Recipes

heartFebruary is American Heart Month. According to the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in the United States; one in every three deaths is the result of heart disease and stroke, equal to 2,200 deaths per day.

In an effort to promote awareness, I have compiled useful information to help my patients learn how to protect themselves from heart disease and stroke by understanding the risks and taking the following steps:

 

Try to be physically active for as few as 30 minutes a day to:

– Improve your cholesterol profile
– Lower your blood pressure
– Increase your energy and stamina
– Boost your bone strength
– Prevent weight gain
– Enhance your mental well-being


Heart-Healthy foods to include on every shopping list:  Incorporate these foods – high in vitamin, minerals and nutrients – into your diet to help decrease the risk of heart disease and other    conditions.

– Salmon, fish & fish oil                             – Sweet potatoes
– Almonds & walnuts                                 – Apples
– Berries (especially blueberries)             – Avocado
– Garlic                                                         – Spinach
– Broccoli                                                     – Tomatoes
– Olive oil                                                     – Beans
– Eggs                                                           – Dark chocolate (in moderation)

 

To incorporate these heart-healthy foods into your diet, consider the following recipes:
(Click the name of the recipe to receive the necessary ingredients and cooking instructions).

 soup
Soup:
Mexican Chicken Soup 

couscous
Salad:
Mango, Avocado and Black Bean Salad    

 couscous
Side Dish:
 Mediterranean Couscous Salad with Chickpeas

 salmon
Main Dish: Crunchy-Crusted Salmon Fillets

 yogurt
Dessert:
Banana Split Berry Yogurt Parfait

 

For more information about heart disease and stroke prevention please visit:
http://www.cdc.gov/heartdisease
http://www.heart.org

We are making enormous progress in the battle against cardiovascular disease and stroke – the CDC reports a 30% decrease in death rates in the last decade.  At its heart: an increased awareness about healthy living. February is a perfect time to recharge your personal prevention plan…consider me your partner wholly dedicated to keeping your heart at its vital, healthy best.