February is American Heart Month

heartmonthKeep your heart healthy this American Heart Month & beyond!

If you live in the U.S., you may think that cancer or AIDS are the leading causes of death for Americans. The truth is that the issue lies in the heart of everyone. That’s right, heart disease is the #1 cause of death in the U.S. This February, take action to keep your heart healthy—it’ll save your life!

Here are a few ways to lower your risk of heart disease.

  • Watch your weight – obesity is one of the leading causes of heart disease as the extra fat in your heart and arteries forces your heart to exert itself.
  • Quit smoking – apart from the countless other benefits of quitting, having oxygen-rich blood go through your heart, instead of toxin-filled air and blood, will have a great impact on your health.
  • Move more – Living a stagnant life is a great way to tell your heart you hate it. Your heart is a muscle that likes being challenged every once in a while. Exercising is a great way to do just that! Exercise also keeps your arteries flexible to prevent any damage that may come to them through excess pumping of the heart due to the buildup of fatty tissue.
  • Eat healthier – Try to keep away from red meats, unsaturated fats, and high-sodium foods, as they can all cause heart problems, and especially stay away from them if you already have a heart condition. Increase your vegetable intake to give your heart the best chance.
  • Drink Less – If you don’t drink, then you’re already ahead of the game. If alcohol is that necessary evil you must have, then do it in moderation.

Enjoy 2016 while incorporating these healthy living habits to keep your heart happy and healthy! Also, get good health insurance so a doctor can regularly check your ticker. Contact VGW Walker Insurance for all of your Texas insurance needs.