Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women. To prevent heart disease and increase awareness of its effects, Balance Integrative Health is proudly participating in American Heart Month. And for good reason: heart disease is the leading cause of death in Louisiana.
Even when heart disease does not end in fatality, the costs are great: time off of work, loss of time with loved ones, increased medical costs, the cost of decreased health, and the ability to fully enjoy life! In fact, in 2003, Louisiana residents spent a total of almost half a million days in the hospital due to cardiovascular disease!
Instead of provoking fear, we want to empower you to make positive changes! Heart disease is preventable in most cases. You can make healthy changes to lower your risk of developing heart disease. Controlling and preventing risk factors is also important for people who already have heart disease.
Here are some steps you can take to lower your risk for heart disease:
- Watch your weight
- Quit smoking
- Stay away from secondhand smoke
- Control your cholesterol
- Control your blood pressure
- Drink alcohol in moderation
- Get active
- Eat healthy
If you need help taking positive action in the right direction, Balance offers many different modalities that can be extremely useful. Our physicians can test for risk factors. Acupuncture can help with smoking cessation and breaking negative patterns that lead to bad habits. Massage can help with stress and relaxation as well as lower blood pressure. And our nutritionists can help you design a personalized eating plan geared toward heart health!