CHF, COPD, HDL cholesterol, LDL cholesterol, and ECG are all acronyms that can leave you confused and anxious. September is National Cholesterol Education Month, and what better time to learn about heart disease and conditions as well as proper cardiac care. Comfort Health provides skilled nursing care and education to those in the Rochester, MN, area.
Cholesterol is necessary for your body to help build healthy cells. However, high cholesterol levels can increase the risk of heart disease, including heart attacks and strokes. Work with your health care provider on keeping your cholesterol levels in a healthy range by following a few simple suggestions:
- Get your blood checked. There are two different types of cholesterol. LDL cholesterol, otherwise known as “bad” cholesterol, can build up in your arteries, making them narrow and hard. HDL cholesterol, or “good” cholesterol, works effectively to take the cholesterol back to your liver. Another test to have performed is a triglyceride level. Too high of a level of triglycerides can put you at higher risk of developing heart disease.
- Improve your diet. If your diet consists of saturated fats, red meat, and sweets, you may be at increased risk of higher levels of cholesterol. Work on a diet and meal plan to reduce these foods as well as your high levels of cholesterol.
- Increase your level of exercise. It is well known that exercise is beneficial to your body in many ways such as losing weight, increasing bone mass, and giving you more energy. However, exercise also helps with reducing your bad cholesterol (LDL) levels and decreasing your risk of heart disease.
- Prevent obesity. Obesity can wreak havoc on your body. If your body mass index (BMI) is higher than 30, you may be at increased risk of heart disease. Work on an exercise program and weight loss for better heart health.
- Stop smoking. There’s no getting around it. Smoking is detrimental to your health because it damages the walls of your blood vessels, making it easier to accumulate cholesterol deposits.
- Manage diabetes. Having high blood sugar levels can lead to diabetes and increase your cholesterol levels. If you already have diabetes, work with your health care provider to keep your blood sugar levels at proper levels and to decrease your risk of heart issues.
If you have heart issues such as congestive heart failure (CHF), chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), or congenital heart disease (CHD), keep an eye on your cholesterol, triglycerides, and blood sugar levels, and give your heart a break.
At Comfort Health in Rochester, MN, our skilled nursing team stands ready to assist with cardiac care and will work with you for a healthy lifestyle program to keep your heart in great shape through proper diet, exercise, and medication management. Contact us today by calling (507) 281-2332 or messaging us through our contact form. Support your heart health with a new cardiac care plan today!