In theory, I think we all know that heart health is important. But that theory became all too real for my family a few years ago when I got a call that my mother was in the hospital. I’m still not sure exactly what to call it, but she had a “heart attack-like event,” if I’m remembering the doctors’ words correctly. And it scared the crap out of me.
My mother, who I’d known to be relatively healthy, all of a sudden wasn’t. And there was nothing I could do but pray that she would be OK.
Thankfully, she was, and is. But it was a scary reminder that though we can’t see it and probably rarely think about it, we have to do what we can to take care of our hearts. Especially given the fact that heart disease is the leading killer of both men and women.
Walmart understands this, and for American Heart Month, they’ve dedicated a section of their website to helping us all be heart healthy. In addition to tips for people who already have heart disease, there are also general tips to help everyone pay better attention to heart health.
For example, did you realize that the best thing you can do to prevent heart disease is to eat a healthy diet? Good nutrition can help lower cholesterol, lower blood pressure and lower blood sugar, in turn reducing the risk of heart problems. Taking supplements like fish oil, which contains omega-3 fatty acids, niacin, fiber, coenzyme Q10 can also help reduce your risk.
And my favorite tip? There is evidence that eating dark chocolate (yum!) may lower blood pressure and improve cholesterol levels, which both help prevent heart disease and strokes. I have no problem taking that advice!
However, another thing that my husband and I personally like to do as well is to keep an eye on our blood pressure, as we both have family histories of hypertension, which can put stress on the heart. So whenever we’re in the pharmacy area of Walmart, we stop and check our pressure at the in-store station. And when we’re with my mom, we use her at-home monitor.
Now that I have a family history of a heart problem, I try to be proactive about taking care of my own. What do you do to take care of your heart?
DISCLOSURE: As a participant in theÂ Walmart MomsÂ Program, Iâ€™ve received product samples and compensation for my time and efforts in creating this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own.