Heart disease is one of the leading causes of death in the United States. That’s more than all the cancer cases combined. So, when a group of cardiologist share their secrets to a healthy heart, it’s a great idea to listen. Take a look at advice given by leading cardiologists on what they do themselves to maintain a healthy heart.
Keep a gratitude journal: Most people think the key to a healthy heart boils down to just diet and exercise, but’s actually more to it than that. Practicing gratitude and deep appreciation lowers levels of inflammatory biomarkers.
Tip given by: Nicole Van Groningen, MD, internal medicine physician at NYU.
Try a Mediterranean diet: The Mediterranean diet emphasizes eating primarily plant based foods such as fruits, veggies , whole grans and nuts and replacing butter with healthy fats such as olive oil.
Tip given by: Glenn Rich, MD, an endocrinologist and obesity specialist in Trumbull, Connecticut
Eat berries everyday: You may have heard about the benefits of berries by now. That’s because berries are known for their natural antioxidants and ability to help heart health.
Tip given by: Nitin Kumar, MD, gastroenterologist and expert in cardiometabolic risk at the Bariatric Endoscopy Institute.
Exercise consistently: This may go without saying, but exercising regularly plays a huge role in decreasing heart disease. Mix it up with cardio exercises and strength training for overall benefits. If you find that it”s hard to stick to, schedule it into your day.
Tip given by: Joseph A. Craft III, MD, FACC at the Heart Health Center
Get plenty of vitamin D: Lately, there’s been a big push for people to get more vitamin D. Increase your levels by getting sunshine, and possibly even taking vitamin D supplements.
Tip given by: Nitin Kumar, MD
Skip simple carbs: Many carbohydrates such as pasta, rice and bread can cause issues with teh heart. Decreasing your intake of these foods and substituet them with lean protein, veggies and quinoa.
Tip given by: Bruce Roseman, MD, family physician and author of The Addictocarb Diet