You may already know that physical inactivity and a high-fat diet can increase your risk of heart disease. But did you know that the same is true of excessive alcohol consumption and smoking? During National High Blood Pressure Education Month this May and throughout the year, the heart health team at MountainView Hospital serves as an invaluable resource for Las Vegas-area patients who are looking for ways to improve their heart health. Start your journey by watching this video, which features a cardiologist from our heart hospital . He explains the critical nature of lifestyle changes combined with medications and emphasizes the importance of smoking cessation.
Smoking and chewing tobacco both raise a person’s blood pressure, which contributes to heart disease risk. Smoking and exposure to smoke also contribute to atherosclerosis. If you don’t smoke, you can protect your heart by never starting and by avoiding exposure to secondhand smoke. If you do smoke, consider using National High Blood Pressure Education Month as your motivation to talk to your doctor about quitting. There are numerous approaches to smoking cessation, including prescription medications, nicotine replacement products, support groups, and psychotherapy.
The occasional drink isn’t likely to compromise a person’s heart health. However, excessive drinking can raise blood pressure and triglyceride levels—two factors that can contribute to heart disease. Health experts generally recommend that women drink no more than one alcoholic beverage daily and that men stick with no more than two alcoholic drinks per day. If you discover that it’s difficult to limit or abstain from alcohol, your doctor can help you determine whether you might have alcohol use disorder. If so, there are effective treatment options available to you.
Along with quitting smoking and limiting alcohol intake, leading a physically active lifestyle can help prevent heart disease. Being physically active involves exercising on most days of the week and looking for ways to work additional activity into your daily routine. Consider taking a walk on your lunch break or trying a treadmill desk to get moving while you work.
MountainView Hospital is an accredited Chest Pain Center—a designation that reflects our heart hospital’s commitment to protocols-driven and evidence-based practices. Our heart hospital is proud to offer residents of the Las Vegas area exceptional cardiovascular interventions, including surgical procedures and cardiac rehabilitation. Call (702) 233-5300 or visit us online to learn more about our available services, including stroke care, emergency care, robotic surgery, and bariatric weight loss.