Daily Physical Activity.

Exercise increases the length and quality of your life. It can also reduce your chances of developing high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes, which
can all be damaging to your heart.  Doing something physical for 30 minutes, five days a week will help support
cardiovascular wellness. 

Know Your Numbers.

Ask your doctor to check your blood pressure, as well as your cholesterol and blood glucose levels. Work with your doctor to improve any numbers that are outside of
healthy ranges.

Eat A Heart Healthy Diet.

Heart healthy foods like fresh fruits and vegetables, healthy proteins and whole grains will help keep your heart in a good state.

Maintain A Healthy Weight.

If you are overweight, you are at a higher risk for high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes. A healthy weight is important for overall health and can decrease your risk of heart disease.  Even losing a few pounds can reduce
blood pressure.

Healthy Habits.

Don’t smoke or use tobacco.   Smoking is the single most dangerous thing you can do to your heart.  Smoking damages your blood vessels and increases your risk for heart disease, stroke and peripheral artery disease.

Belinda Thompson, MSN, NP-C,is a nurse practitioner for Health First Medical Group.  She is the Arrhythmia Center Coordinator, providing care for cardiovascular patients in Brevard County.