A healthy diet can go a long way to improving heart health and preventing heart disease. Heart disease kills more people than all forms of cancer combined, and American Heart Month is an annual awareness effort that urges people to take care of their hearts year-round. Take FirstHealth's Heart Disease Risk Assessment to see if you are at risk for heart disease.
Heart disease is preventable in most cases with healthy choices, which include not smoking, maintaining a healthy weight, controlling blood sugar and cholesterol, treating high blood pressure, getting at least 150 minutes of physical activity a week and getting regular checkups.
Healthy food choices can go a long way, according to Kelly Godwin, a registered dietitian with FirstHealth's Cardiac Rehab program. Godwin provided several heart-healthy recipes that can help replace takeout options:
- Fish Tacos with Avocado Mango Salsa
- Spicy Vegetable Tacos
- Microwave Baked Apples
- Oven Roasted Vegetables
- Peanut Butter and Apple Slice Sandwich
- Chicken and Vegetable Fried Rice
Heart Services at FirstHealth
FirstHealth remains committed to being a leader in advanced heart care through services offered in Reid Heart Center and in our cardiology clinics throughout the region. Reid Heart Center offers state-of-the-art hybrid operating rooms that allow for complex and innovative surgical procedures.