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Scheduling Exercise

Man running-EKGDiabetes management includes diet, medicine and/or exercise. Let’s talk about the latter. Did you know exercise is beneficial in lowering blood sugar? We can have the best intentions to manage our health through diet and exercise but can fall short in reaching our goals. We have to give ourselves credit- changing habits is difficult, very difficult.

For many of us, we’ve had our eating habits and exercise regimens (or lack thereof) for decades. We can’t expect change overnight.

It is agreed by health experts that Americans need at least 150 minutes of moderate exercise or 75 minutes per week of vigorous exercise. That is 30 minutes per day at least five times per week.

It sounds great on paper but how do we get to this goal? Think about where you are and then think about where you want to be. Setting small attainable goals each week have been proven to be effective in reaching our “big picture” goal.

Make a list of activities you enjoy. If you enjoy exercising, you will make it a priority. If you don’t, it is easy to make excuses to skip today... this week… this month.

If you are sedentary, a goal of walking 10 minutes Monday, Wednesday, Friday this week is a great place to start. Physically writing exercise on a calendar or schedule can help making it a priority. Once you have it finished, you can cross it off your list for the day. Exercising has numerous health benefits which can help keep motivation high and for it to become habitual.

Blog post provided by:
Megan Kemp, RDN, LD


Warning Signs of a Heart Attack

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Heart attacks often start slowly, with mild pain or discomfort. Sometimes people affected aren't even sure what's wrong and may wait too long before getting help. Here are the most common warning signs of a heart attack:

·         Chest discomfort - Most heart attacks involve discomfort in the center or left side of the chest. The feeling usually lasts for more than a few minutes or goes away and comes back. It can feel like pressure, squeezing, fullness, or pain. It also can feel like heartburn or indigestion. The discomfort can be mild or severe.

·         Upper body discomfort -  You may feel pain or discomfort in one or both arms, the back, shoulders, neck, jaw, or upper part of the stomach (above the belly button).

·         Shortness of breath - This may be your only symptom, or it may occur before or along with chest pain or discomfort. It can occur when you are resting or doing mild physical activity.

·         Other signs can include breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea or lightheadedness.

 

Chest pain or discomfort that doesn't go away or changes from its usual pattern could be a sign of a heart attack. All chest pain should be checked by a doctor. If you or someone you know is experiencing these warning signs, call 911 immediately!

 

Did you know….that men over the age of 55 have a significantly higher chance of having a heart attack or fatal coronary heart disease than those that are younger? It’s important to know your heart numbers.

 

Do you know...blood sugar levels, blood pressure, cholesterol, BMI and waistline?

Blood sugar: A1c should be less than 5.7%

Blood pressure: less than 120 over 80

Cholesterol: less than 200mb/dL

BMI: Normal weight 18.5 - 24.9

Waistline: Men - less than 40 inches, Women - less than 35 inches

 

If your critical numbers are not at the target level, work with your healthcare provider to develop a plan to reach these goals. If you do not have a cardiologist, you can make an appointment with a cardiologist at Hannibal Regional Medical Group by calling 573-629-3300.



Here are 12 Risk Factors for Developing Heart Disease
Cardiology Hannibal, MOWhile many of the risk factors for heart disease listed below are well known, some may surprise you.  Read through the list and see how many apply to you. If you have more than a couple, then it may be time to see a cardiologist and find out what you can do to reduce your risk. 


Risk factors for developing heart disease include:

  • Age. Aging increases your risk of damaged and narrowed arteries, as well as weakened or thickened heart muscle.
  • Gender. Men are generally at greater risk of heart disease. However, women's risk increases after menopause.
  • Family history. A family history of heart disease increases your risk of coronary artery disease, especially if a parent developed it at an early age (before age 55 for a male relative, such as your brother or father, and 65 for a female relative, such as your mother or sister).
  • Smoking. Nicotine constricts your blood vessels, and carbon monoxide can damage their inner lining, making them more susceptible to atherosclerosis. Heart attacks are more common in smokers than in non-smokers.
  • Poor diet. A diet that's high in fat, salt, sugar and cholesterol can contribute to the development of heart disease.
  • High blood pressure. Uncontrolled high blood pressure can result in hardening and thickening of your arteries, narrowing the vessels through which blood flows.
  • High cholesterol levels. High levels of cholesterol in your blood can increase the risk of formation of plaques and atherosclerosis.
  • Diabetes. Diabetes increases your risk of heart disease. Both conditions share similar risk factors, such as obesity and high blood pressure.
  • Obesity. Excess weight typically worsens other risk factors.
  • Physical inactivity. Lack of exercise also is associated with many forms of heart disease and some of its other risk factors as well.
  • Stress. Unrelieved stress may damage your arteries and worsen other risk factors for heart disease.
  • Poor hygiene. Not regularly washing your hands and not establishing other habits that can help prevent viral or bacterial infections can put you at risk of heart infections, especially if you already have an underlying heart condition. Poor dental health also may contribute to heart disease.
     
    Heart disease, detected early, can be improved — or even prevented — by making certain lifestyle changes. Call today and make an appointment to see a cardiologist in a heartbeat. Hannibal Regional Medical Group’s Cardiology Team accepts patients in a heartbeat because we put patients first. No referral needed. When it comes to matters of the heart, our compassion and clinical expertise go hand in hand. We believe in guiding you to BETTER.
     
    If you are concerned about your risk for heart disease, Call 573-629-3300, to schedule your appointment with a cardiologist.

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