Geneia Celebrates Valentine’s Day with a Focus on Heart Health

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In the spirit of Valentine’s Day and the theme of sharing your love, Geneia is calling attention to heart disease and the simple things that everyone can do to protect their heart.

According to the American Heart Association, there are a number of practices that everyone can employ to help prevent heart disease, including:

Sleep: Sleeping too little or too much can increase risk for heart disease. Six to eight hours per night is the ideal amount.

Exercise: 30 minutes of moderate aerobic activity (walking at quick pace, jogging, cycling, swimming) five days a week can help reduce the risk of heart disease.

Alcohol consumption: Moderate drinkers have a lower risk of developing heart disease than non-drinkers (one drink per day for women; two drinks per day for men).

Chocolate: Having a small amount of dark chocolate (one ounce or less) once or twice a week can help lower the risk of heart disease.

Stress: Reduce your stress (and in turn, your blood pressure) by regularly using relaxation methods such as meditation, yoga, or deep breathing.

Diet: The American Heart Association recommends eating at least two servings a week of fatty fish, such as salmon, mackerel, or albacore tuna, all high in omega-3s, to decrease triglyceride levels, slow growth rate of plaque, and lower blood pressure.

“No one plans to have a heart attack, but we do know that everyone can plan to prevent one,” said Heather Lavoie, president of Geneia. “At Geneia, we work closely with our patients, physicians, hospital clients, and our own employees to bring them health and wellness practices that are easy to do and effective. I know firsthand that sleep, exercise, and stress reduction have helped improve my health and that of my loved ones.”

For more information on preventing heart disease, see heart.org.