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How To Boost Your Heart Health

These lifestyle changes could help you maintain a healthy heart. Make these lifestyle changes for a healthy heart.

Keeping your heart healthy is crucial to maintaining your well-being.

Unfortunately, there are a number of conditions that put a strain on the heart, including cardiovascular disease, coronary heart disease, heart failure, heart attack and atrial fibrillation, according to the British Heart Foundation. Each one of these can be caused by uncontrollable factors, such as age, gender, ethnicity and family, but they can also be the result of poor lifestyle habits. Those include smoking, a bad diet or being physically inactive.

Here are a few suggestions for improving your heart health:

Eat mixed nuts
If you're looking for a snack that's equally healthy and tasty, reach for a handful of mixed nuts. Gaynor Bussel, spokesman for the British Dietetic Association told Age UK that walnuts make a delicious heart-healthy treat.

"Walnuts are a rich source of Omega-3 fatty acids, which can help to decrease inflammation in the arteries and protect the heart," she said. "Nuts in general can help to lower cholesterol levels and they will also help to fill you up."

However, she also advised that you should eat only a handful – nuts are naturally high in calories, so the numbers can add up quickly.

Mixed nuts make an excellent heart-healthy snack.Mixed nuts make an excellent heart-healthy snack.

Quit smoking
According to the NHS, smoking is one of the leading causes of coronary heart disease. Quitting smoking is one of the most important steps you can take to improve your heart health. In fact, after just a year of non-smoking, your risk of experiencing a heart attack is cut in half. Talk to your GP about your options for quitting.

"Exercise for 150 minutes each week."

Start exercising
Regular exercise can reduce your chance of developing heart disease. Talk to your GP before starting any exercise programme, but aim to achieve 20-25 minutes of exercise each day.

Cut back on salt and saturated fats
When you eat foods that are high in saturated fat, your cholesterol levels rise. Too much salt can raise your blood pressure. Both conditions are bad for your heart and can increase your risk of developing heart disease. Choose food that is low in sodium and saturated fats to help you to maintain a healthy heart.

At Sunrise Senior Living, we provide a nutritious balanced diet that takes into account individual dietary requirements. For more information, contact us today.

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