Love Your Heart!

March 24, 2017
Love Your Heart!

Show your heart some love by committing to healthy habits. Amr Mohsen, MD, FACC, RPVI, a board-certified Interventional Cardiologist with the Northern Nevada Medical Group, recommends the following six things to help control the risk factors associated with heart disease.

  1. Don't Smoke. Quitting smoking is the number one thing you can do to prevent heart disease.
  2. Eat heart-healthy. Say yes to more fresh fruits, vegetables and whole grains, and no to processed foods. Also, reduce your intake of red meat, salt, sugar and high-fat foods.
  3. Get moving. Aim for at least 30 to 60 minutes of exercise most days of the week.* This can help with your weight and benefit your heart at the same time, a win-win!
  4. Manage stress. Take a deep breath … and look for healthy ways to manage stress in your life, such as exercise,* meditation and hobbies.
  5. Get annual checkups. Make sure your yearly visits with your doctor include lab work that screens for blood glucose and cholesterol levels.
  6. Know your numbers. Your doctor can tell you what your blood pressure, cholesterol, triglycerides and any other pertinent numbers should be. Triglycerides are a form of fat in the blood that is a marker for increased risk of plaque in the arteries. Very high triglycerides (400 or 500+) put you at risk for pancreatitis.

Most healthy adults have:

  • Blood pressure less than 120/80
  • Total cholesterol less than 200 mg/dL
  • HDL, the “good” cholesterol, higher than 40 mg/dL in males and higher than 50 mg/dL in females
  • LDL, the “bad” cholesterol that clogs arteries, lower than 100 mg/dL

*Consult your doctor before beginning an exercise program.

To schedule an appointment with Dr. Mohsen, please call 775-356-4514.

Learn about the Heart and Vascular Institute at NNMC