Healthy Hearts: 6 Ways to Keep Your Heart Healthy & in Tip-top Shape! by Dr. Shayna Mancuso

Healthy Hearts: 6 Ways to Keep Your Heart Healthy & in Tip-top Shape!

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both women and men in the U.S. However, the good news is it is also very preventable! The human heart is about the size of our two hands clasped together, and it's made up of a very complex electrical system and four distinct chambers – two atria and two ventricles (see image below). The heart works tirelessly to pump the blood throughout the circulatory system and supplies oxygen to tissues, while at the same time, removing carbon dioxide and waste. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle enables our cardiovascular system to work most efficiently. Here are a few tips to help keep your heart in tip-top shape!

  • Stay active – Get a minimum of 30 minutes, five days a week of moderate exercise.
  • Get your ZZZs – Research shows that getting seven hours of good-quality sleep can improve the health of our arteries.
  • Healthy eating – The heart works best on good, clean fuel. Eat more fruits and veggies and less-processed foods.
  • Don’t smoke – Avoid smoking, secondhand smoke and electronic cigarettes.
  • Watch your weight – Maintain a wealthy weight/BMI and a healthy blood pressure.
  • Do more of what you love and aim to reduce your stress – Meditate daily, practice yoga daily, laugh and love more.

The information on is for informational and entertainment purposes only, and should not be considered medical advice. The information provided through this site should not be used to diagnose or treat a health problem or disease, and is not a substitute for professional care. Always consult your personal health care provider.

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Elisa A. Schmitz 30Seconds
Thank you for this very timely and helpful tip, Dr. Shayna Mancuso! So many of us need to be more aware of how we can protect our hearts. <3
Good tip, we should all memorize this!
Kelly Huetteman Scott
Always a good reminder to stay active!! And we are what we eat!

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