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Help Out Your Heart

February 27, 2015

Your heart works hard to keep your body working and in motion, so it’s only fair that you help it out along the way. In honor of Heart Month, we’ve put together an with important facts and prevention tips.

Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States for men and women, making prevention extremely important. At Life Line Screening we value the power of prevention, and offer a comprehensive heart disease screening to assess your personal risk.

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Are You Following the Right Diet for Your Heart?

February 16, 2015

When it comes to taking care of your cardiovascular health, make sure your heart is in the right place.
More than fifty percent of Americans have dieted within the past year in an effort to improve their overall hear health, but are those diets doing the best they can for your heart? The only diet that has been proven to improve cardiovascular health is the Mediterranean diet, but very few people have adopted this method.

So why aren’t more people following this? Unhealthy choices that we make are from all of the confusing “fad” diets that exist, and the convenience of unhealthy foods.

Confusion About Dieting

There are plenty of diets that all say different messaging. Some focus on cutting out carbs, while others insist that fat is the unhealthy aspect in our diets.

However, not all fat is bad fat. Olive oil, which is high in monounsaturated fat, is a staple in the Mediterranean diet.

The PREDIMED study found that for people at high cardiovascular risk, a Mediterranean diet supplemented with extra-virgin olive oil or nuts reduced the incidence of major cardiovascular events by 30 percent.

Convenience Foods Make Heart Health Inconvenient

While we may want to follow a heart healthy diet, we often stray from our diet for convenience reasons. Whether it’s grabbing something on the run, or making a quick visit to the vending machine at work, unhealthy foods are all around us.

Change Your Diet

After you cut through the clutter, there is a light at the end of the tunnel. Finding ways to substitute healthier, Mediterranean style foods for unhealthier ones is actually very easy to do. A Mediterranean diet consists of vegetables, fish, fruit, nuts, olive oil, lesser amounts of meat, and moderate wine consumption as well as consumption of whole grains. Repeatedly this combination of foods has shown to protect the heart and arteries.

Essential Heart Disease Prevention Tips

February 10, 2015

Heart disease may be a leading cause of death, but that does not mean you have to accept it as your fate. Although you lack the power to change some risk factors — such as family history, sex or age — there are some key heart disease prevention steps you can take.
You can avoid heart problems in the future by adopting a healthy lifestyle today. Here are some heart disease prevention tips to get you started.

Stop Smoking
Your risk of a heart attack decreases within a year after quitting. A recent study found that only three years after quitting, ex-smokers had the same risk of a heart attack as people who never had smoked.

Regular Medical Checkups and Health Screenings
Regular medical checkups and preventive health screenings can spot some of the warning signs of heart disease. Know your risk factors and ask your doctor what tests are appropriate for you, and how often you need them.

Adopt a Healthy Eating Plan
Adopt a healthy eating plan that emphasizes lots of whole grains, fruit and vegetables and minimizes fats. The American Heart Association recommends the following guidelines: limit total fat intake to less than 25 percent of your daily calories; limit saturated fats to less than 10 percent of daily calories; and limit cholesterol intake to less than 300 milligrams per day.

Regular Aerobic Exercise
Regular aerobic exercise (the kind that gives your heart and lungs a workout) for 30-60 minutes at least three times a week increases oxygen consumption, raises HDLs, lower LDLs, reduces blood pressure, boosts energy and reduces stress.

Control High Triglycerides
The best advice to control high triglycerides is familiar: lose weight and exercise regularly, reduce cholesterol and saturated fat as well as total calories in your diet, decrease your intake of alcohol and control any other risk factors–such as high blood pressure and smoking–since they multiply the danger of high blood triglycerides.

There is some evidence that shows that a high intake of folate and vitamin B6 appears to reduce levels of homocysteine, a substance found in the blood that, in large amounts, may be associated with a higher risk of heart disease. Aim to get about 400 micrograms of folate and around three milligrams of vitamin B6 daily by taking supplements or eating fortified cereals, spinach and other leafy green vegetables.

Staying Sharp As You Age

May 22, 2014

Looking for ways to stay sharp as you age? The answer is simple, fun and good for you – just babysit your grandkids at least once a week.

Grandparents who care for their grandchildren have a lower risk for developing Alzheimers and have increased mental sharpness. Just be careful – too much of a good thing can be harmful.


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Researchers from the Women’s Healthy Aging Project study in Australia studied 186 women and put them through a series of tests for memory and mental processing ability.

So what were the results? Grandparents, and specifically grandmothers, who performed significantly higher, were the ones who cared for their grandchildren at least once a week. However, too much of a good thing can be detrimental, and those who cared for grandchildren five days a week performed worse.

So how does it all work? Caring for grandkids keeps you socially engaged and active, just be careful to avoid the high stress levels of becoming a full-time caregiver.


Tips for Staying Active with Your Grandkids

Don’t just watch shows or pop in a movie when you babysit your grandchildren, keep their minds and bodies active – and yours too!

Visit a local park: If a park and playground is nearby, take a walk to go visit. Relax on the swings while they play and run around, or bring a sports gear to play soccer, tennis or basketball.

Bike around the neighborhood: Get our the bike helmets and go for a ride around the neighborhood. If you aren’t up for biking with them, walk while they ride around the neighborhood.

Chalk it up: Let your creative side show and color the driveway with artwork.

Work on educational activities: Help your grandkids out with their schoolwork, or prepare them for school with fun and easy to use workbooks.

Get Cooking: Open up your cookbook and pick a recipe – you don’t need a special occasion to bake some delicious cookies.

These are just a few ideas to get you started but there are so many more! Go swimming, play hide and seek around the house or create a puppet show, use your imagination.


Taking Care of Your Health

While taking care of your grandkids may help prevent developing Alzheimers and help increase mental abilities, you still need to focus on taking care of the rest of your body. Screen for Life offers customizable screening packages that can prevent life-changing diseases. Check out the health screenings that we offer, and schedule yours online with us today.

Eat Your Heart Out the Healthy Way [Infographic]

February 15, 2014

Your heart works hard to keep your body working and in motion, so it’s only fair that you help it out along the way. In honor of Heart Month, we’ve put together an infographic guide to help you eat your way to a healthy heart. These heart-friendly foods and tips have plenty of health benefits that will go straight to your heart!


Looking for more ways to keep your heart healthy? Schedule a heart disease screening with us online today.


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