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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.

Heart Disease Screenings for Heart Month

February 5, 2015

Heart disease is still the number one cause of death in the United States, and 70% of adults age 55+ have two or more risk factors for cardiovascular disease but are not aware of it. 

Identifying your personal risk early is key to prevention. At Life Line Screening, we recommend that everyone knows their risk factors for cardiovascular disease. Risk factors include: age 55+, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, obesity, a history of smoking, a family history of heart attack or stroke, and a personal medical history of cardiovascular diseases. These are the same screenings that your doctor could order for you, but they typically will not be paid for by insurance unless you already have symptoms.Our screenings can give you peace of mind or uncover issues before you have any symptoms.

Doctors Recommend Preventive Health Screenings

These comprehensive vascular screenings have proven to be safe and accurate in detecting your risks for stroke and vascular disease. Doctors who specialize in cardiovascular disease believe in these tests — 9 out of 10 doctors surveyed recommend these screenings for people at risk. Knowledge is power, and it enables you and your doctor to do something about any health issues before it’s too late. That’s why so many doctors have recommended Life Line Screening to their patients.

Detecting Heart Disease Early

Tests such as this are extremely helpful when it comes to early detection of heart attack risks. We believe that the power of prevention is essential to a long and healthy life. Here is a list of what our screening entails:

  • Complete Lipid Panel Screening (High Cholesterol)
  • C-reactive Protein Screening
  • Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Screening
  • Glucose Screening
  • High Blood Pressure Screening

If you have any warning signs or if you know that you have some of the risk factors associated with an increased risk of heart problems, you may want to consider heart disease screening.  If you are unaware of potential risk factors please read the list here.

Life Line Screening provides preventive health screenings for heart disease to help those at risk detect problems before they lead to life-threatening consequences. Learning where you stand with your heart health is the best way to work towards a healthier life.


Secret to Looking Younger is a Healthy Heart

January 15, 2015

Keeping your heart healthy can add years to your life, but did you know that it also helps you look younger? When researchers showed people photos of women about 60 years of age, they thought the women with the lowest risk of cardiovascular disease looked two years younger compared to those with a higher risk.

The key to achieving a youthful appearance may be tied to your systolic blood pressure – which is the top number. Researchers think that when your blood pressure is too high, it may impede your skin’s microvascular system, responsible for delivering nutrients and oxygen. When those beneficial elements aren’t delivered optimally, it may strain your skin and possibly diminish that youthful glow. High blood pressure may also be linked to women who looked older because it’s related to other lifestyle factors like stress and lack of exercise, which can be detrimental for your skin.

If you’re blood pressure reads higher than 140/90, which is high, don’t worry just yet, there are plenty of ways you can lower your number. Try eating more potassium-packed fruits and vegetables and healthy fats like nuts and avocados.

Maybe you already know that what you put in your body can affect how it looks on the outside, but the motivation to knock a couple of years off your age may help you pay attention to keeping your blood pressure in a healthy range.

 Need a little more convincing? Other studies have found that women who led heart-healthy lifestyles, less smoking and sunbathing and better healthy-eating habits—had skin that looked younger. Many factors that contribute to looking older, smoking and high blood pressure, are also related to heart disease.

Protect Your Heart for a Healthy Future

At Life Line Screening, we believe that the power of prevention is essential to a long and healthy life, especially when it comes to your heart. We offer a heart disease screening that includes the following:

  • Complete Lipid Panel Screening (High Choelsterol)
  • C-reactive Protein Screening
  • Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Screening
  • Glucose Screening
  • High Blood Pressure Screening

If you have any warning signs or if you know that you have some of the risk factors associated with an increased risk of heart problems, you may want to consider heart disease screening.  If you are unaware of potential risk factors please read the list here.

Diet Tricks for a Healthy Heart

November 6, 2014

Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States, accounting for 600,000 deaths per year.

A number of factors contribute to your risk, family history and age, but others like excess weight and inactivity, you have more control over.

Eating right and making sure your body has the nutrition it needs can be the most powerful method of heart disease prevention. Adopt healthy-eating guidelines, and consider these diet tips for a healthy heart.

1. Eat 2 Squares of Chocolate. Chocolate lovers rejoice! Louisiana State University researchers discovered that bacteria living in our stomachs ferment chocolate into an anti-inflammatory that are good for the heart. The best part? Researchers believe that adding fruit to the chocolate could boost fermentation.

2. Spice it up. Salt can increase your blood pressure, which is a major risk for heart disease. But just trying to eat less salt may be ineffective. Instead, try swapping salt for herbs and spices. A behavioral intervention study showed that adults who traded salt for spice blends consumed 966 mg/day less sodium than those who tried to just cut out salt completely.

3. Fiber is Your Friend. Fiber protects your heart by boosting your body’s ability to produce LDL (low-density lipoprotein) receptors which pull “bad” cholesterol out of the blood. You can reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease by eating 7 extra grams of fiber.

4. Garlic. Garlic that has green shoots emerging from the cloves has more heart-healthy antioxidant activity than the fresher version. Garlic can lower cholesterol, and help to keep blood flowing normally and prevent clots.

Focus On Healthy Foods

To fight heart disease, eating an assortment of nutritious foods daily can help lower your risk. In addition to making an effort to follow diet guidelines, taking advantage of preventive health screening options is the next step.

Life Line Screening offers a heart disease screening that includes checking for high cholesterol, elevated C-reactive protein levels, high blood pressure and assess other risk factors. Learn more about our preventive health screenings.

Healthy Recipe: Red Quinoa Salad

September 30, 2014

Hard to pronounce, easy to enjoy! Next time you plan on using starchy pastas in your next recipe, try substituting them for quinoa. Not only does this grain offer a delicious, light taste, the gluten-free food provides so many health benefits. We dare you not to indulge in this savory side!

Red Quinoa Salad

1 cup uncooked red quinoa

1/3 cup olive oil

2 tablespoons red wine vinegar

1 1/2 teaspoons finely minced shallots

1/4 teaspoon kosher salt

1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

2 cups (1/2-inch) diced seeded tomato

1/2 cup (1/2-inch) diced seeded cucumber

3 tablespoons chopped fresh mint

1 tablespoon chopped fresh oregano

1 (15-ounce) can chickpeas (garbanzo beans), rinsed and drained

2 ounces crumbled feta cheese (about 1/2 cup)

4 lemon wedges

The red quinoa makes this salad dish pop, but any color will do. This Mediterranean-style combination of vegetables and creamy feta cheese is what makes this dish so delectable. Hour and a half preparation seem like a lot for one person? Get the kids involved! With a child-safe knife, invite your kids to chop the vegetables and crumble the feta cheese as the finishing touch.

As you’ve surely heard or read in the news, quinoa is packed with heart-healthy benefits. The grain packs eight grams of protein and five grams of fiber per serving, coming to a total of only 222 calories! The year 2013 was even deemed “The International Year of Quinoa” since the food gained so much popularity from health-conscious people. Quinoa is naturally gluten free and has been known to increase antioxidants and nutrient values in any gluten-free diet.

If we haven’t convinced you enough that this dish is the perfect aid to a healthy eating lifestyle, this salad, when served as a main salad dish, measures up to only 260 calories! Enjoy a guilt-free dinner with friends, at your next family party, or keep it all to yourself (we won’t tell anyone!).

Consuming the proper amounts of protein and fiber is important when maintaining a healthy lifestyle. For more information of preventive health care, visit

Click to view the recipe: Red Quinoa Salad


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