The Heart Health Issue

The Heart Health Issue

February is American Heart Month and at Westchester Podiatric Healing Medicine, P.C., in Yonkers, NY, we want to take this opportunity to highlight some lifestyle changes to consider to improve heart and podiatric health. We believe the health of our body’s organs is interlinked. Therefore, taking care of your health from the heart to heel can lower your risk of cardiac disease and aid you in living an active and robust life. We suggest a few changes that you can include in your routine to manage a healthy heart.


A targeted approach is necessary to pinpoint the area that requires improvement. Consult your doctor about the risk of cardiac diseases and your health status. The doctor will recommend you run tests and blood work. Keeping a record of your blood pressure and cholesterol levels can help you and aid your doctor in painting a picture of your overall heart health. Comorbidities such as hypertension and diabetes are linked to cardiac disease. These health issues can disrupt the circulation in the body and affect the feet.


Several studies have shown the benefits of keeping an active lifestyle. Obesity, hypertension, and diabetes are all diseases caused by a sedentary lifestyle. Regular physical activity can improve blood circulation, help maintain a healthy weight, and help lower blood sugar levels and blood pressure.


You are what you eat. Your eating habits will affect your general health status. From the heart to feet, nutrition, or lack of can influence the workings of your body and its metabolism. Obesity and unhealthy weight gain can increase your risk of developing heart disease and aggravate several podiatric issues such as arthritis, plantar fasciitis, and fallen arches/flat feet. A complete diet makeover may be difficult to maintain. Instead, try to add the following suggestions to your routine for healthy eating habits:

  • Add colors to your food table – aim for eating a rainbow of organic fruits and vegetables. for more nutrition and essential vitamins.
  • Reduce your portion size – go for a smaller serving plate at home. While dining out, request a take-home container and put half the portion of your meal in it before you start.
  • Cut out sugary drinks and artificially flavored beverages from your diet – opt for naturally flavored water.


Stress is a well-known factor adding to the rising stats of heart disease patients and morbidities. Find healthy ways to blow off steam and manage the rigors of daily life. Try the following:

  • To take care of your mental and physical health
  • Start a hobby and indulge in it
  • Make time to socialize with family and friends
  • Volunteer for a project close to your heart

For more information on a proactive lifestyle and podiatric healthcare, contact the office of Dr. John Marzano of Westchester Podiatric Healing Medicine, P.C., in Yonkers, NY, to schedule a consultation. We have a team of experts to cater to your podiatric needs. You can visit our office at 984 N. Broadway, Suite LL03, Yonkers, NY 10701, or call us at (914) 423-0600.