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.
INFORMATION IS KEY
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.
AN ACTIVE LIFESTYLE
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.
HEALTHY EATING HABITS
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:
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:
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.