If you have questions about cardiac treatment, ask your nurse or doctor. Your doctor will also work closely with you to review all procedure options and define the best course of treatment, and help you adopt a lifestyle that will not only improve the current state of your cardiac health, but help you avoid problems in the future. And remember — you are the most important member of the team in improving, protecting and preserving your cardiac health.
Healthy Heart Resources
Some types of heart disease can be prevented by practicing a healthy lifestyle. Exercise and a healthy diet go a long way in maintaining a healthy heart. Here are some resources to get you on track.
Know Your Risk
The first step in preventing heart disease is to know the controllable lifestyle factors that increase your risk. The most common risk factors include smoking, high blood pressure, high blood cholesterol, diabetes, being overweight or obese, and physical inactivity. Take a risk assessment questionairre from the American Heart Association to understand your risk for heart disease and heart attack.
Will the Beat Go On?
Do you know your blood pressure and cholesterol? What you don't know could hurt you.
Calculate Your BMI
Body Mass Index (BMI) is the best indicator of a standard way of determining if you are overweight or obese, one of the primary risks of heart disease. A BMI score of 18.5 - 24.9 is considered healthy, 25 - 29.9 is considered overweight, and scores over 30 are in the obese category.
Target Heart Rate
Your target heart rate zone (training zone) is the range between 60% and 80% of your maximum heart rate. Working within this zone gives you the maximum health and fat-burning benefits from your cardiovascular activity.
Get Off Your Butt: Stay Smokeless for Life Program to Quit Smoking
Smoking is the leading cause of preventable illness and death in the U.S. and a primary risk factor for heart disease. Atten this four-week education and support program to make the life-saving choice to quit tobacco.
Healthy Heart Express Program
Register for a self-paced program that includes a healthy heart guide, healthy heart yoga booklet, and meditation CDs to reduce stress.
Eating for Life
Request an award-winning DVD and workbook program that will help you set and achieve dietary and fitness goals.
Advice from the Experts
Read expert columns written by Sentara physicians, and listen to Sentara Health Minute audio snippets covering important topics related to heart health and heart care at Sentara.
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Recognizing a Heart Attack
Time is a Muscle
Question From the Heart: Are Men and Women Really Different?
Take Heart for the Holidays
Take Heart: Restoring Quality of Life for Patients with Advanced Cardiac Disease
Brushing and Flossing Each Day May Keep Heart Problems Away
Sentara Heart Patient and Family Guide
Know the Facts - How to Choose a Quality Heart Program
Sentara Heart Rehabilitation