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Protecting Your Heart During the Holidays

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Protecting Your Heart During the Holidays

Caring For Your Cardiovascular Health During Winter

The holiday season brings feelings of joy, seasonal festivities, get-togethers—and a higher risk of having a heart attack. The health experts at Parrish Healthcare are here to share some tips to help you look after your heart health this time of year.

Pay Attention to your Diet

With the holidays in full swing, that means plenty of festive sweets and big meals as a means to celebrate. While it’s okay to indulge in your festive favorites, remember to do so in moderation to support healthy heart function.

Along with everyday healthy habits like eating plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables, keep these tips in mind over the holidays:

  • Cut back on beverages with added sugars.
  • Choose whole-grain breads and rolls.
  • Prepare meals with little or no added salt.
  • Choose healthier cooking oils like olive oil and avocado oil.
  • Minimize processed and fast food.
  • Choose lean cuts of meat.
  • Limit your alcohol consumption.

Keep Your Stress Levels Under Control

Between buying the perfect gifts, preparing for guests, and cooking holiday meals—this can be the most stressful time of year for many. However, chronic stress can significantly increase your risk of developing heart disease and experiencing a cardiac event like heart attack or stroke.

Some simple ways to cope with holiday stress include:

  • Taking a nature walk.
  • Making a cup of tea.
  • Journaling.
  • Singing and dancing to your favorite holiday songs.
  • Watching your favorite holiday movies.
  • Spending time with loved ones.
  • Catch up on your sleep.
  • Try mindfulness meditation.
  • Keep a gratitude journal.
  • Take a hot shower or bath.

Get Up & Get Moving

While it can be tempting to lounge around this time of year, staying physically active plays an important role in maintaining your heart health year-round. Try to work in at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity each week to get you heart pumping over the holidays!

Cardiovascular Care in Titusville

When it comes to supporting your cardiovascular health, it is important to find a specialist you can depend on.

Learn more information about our cardiovascular services and take our Heart Risk Assessment today.