Keeping Your Heart Healthy

By Susan Pasqual, MSN, RN, CNSC, Director of TLS® Weight Loss Solution Field Development and Sales

Your heart is a muscular organ that pumps blood to your body. It is at the center of your circulatory system. But, like all other organs in your body, your heart can be affected by disease, inflammation, and by poor health choices.

The number of people who are affected by cardiovascular disease is staggering. Every year 61,000 people die of heart disease in the United States, according to the Center of Disease Control.1 This statistic emphasizes the importance of getting checked for heart disease. A simple blood test called CRP (C-Reactive Protein), which is an inflammation marker, can be performed by your doctor. CPR is a compound created by the liver in response to inflammation. Heart disease and Atherosclerosis (a disease in which plaque builds up inside arteries) can increase CRP levels.

Your heart is a muscle that beats every minute of every day, so it’s important to take care of it, since it needs to stay strong. Eating a diet rich in vegetables, fruits, lean proteins and good fats like oils is a great way to ensure your heart remains healthy. Don’t forget to schedule in cardiovascular exercises such as walking, running, biking, or dancing. The American Heart Association recommends at least 150 minutes of moderate exercise weekly. Exercising for thirty minutes, five times per week is a great way to improve your general health, and your heart health!

*Remember to consult your healthcare provider before starting any exercise regimen.