Your health is a long-term investment that requires active management.
When you take action today to support your heart health, you’ll
reap the rewards later in life. There are many simple ways that all women
can reduce their risk of heart disease, from smart shopping at the grocery
store to limiting alcohol consumption. At
Regional Medical Center of San Jose, our heart care specialists are always available to help women learn how
to manage their risk of heart disease.
If you currently smoke, you probably already know about the many diseases
it causes. Quitting smoking isn’t easy, but the rewards of being
a non-smoker are well worth your efforts. Consider talking to your doctor
about your smoking cessation options. Many people have had good results
with smoking cessation medications, nicotine replacement products, psychological
counseling, and support groups.
Men and women process alcohol differently. Because of this, the recommended
daily limit on alcohol is lower for women (one drink) than it is for men
(two drinks). Abiding by this daily limit is one effective way to curb
your risk of heart disease.
When you watch this featured video, you’ll hear a registered nurse
at Regional Medical Center of San Jose explain the importance of nutrition
for heart health. She recommends that women choose primarily plant-based
foods. It isn’t necessary to become a vegetarian or vegan, although
you certainly may do so if you wish. Still, the bulk of your diet should
ideally be comprised of vegetables, fruits, and whole grains, and healthy
sources of protein like nuts, seeds, soy, and low-fat dairy.
Exercise is another cornerstone of heart health and, unfortunately, many
women don’t get the recommended amount. The
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommend that adult women get at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity
aerobic exercise every week. This is equivalent to a 30-minute workout
five days per week. The CDC further recommends that adults engage in strength
training exercises on at least two days per week. Ideally, these activities
should engage all the major muscle groups.
Regional Medical Center of San Jose is your
partner in wellness. We are a leading provider of emergency care, heart health services, breast
care, and other medical specialties for families throughout the greater
San Jose area. Call (888) 762-8881 to request a referral to a physician.