written by Dana Herron
February is, as you may have heard, American Heart Month. In honor of this growing and important awareness month, we've asked Dr. Forrest Smith MD to outline the heart, it's factors, and how to prevent negative outcomes at home.
A weekend seminar on the subject of The Healing Touch will be held at CaraVita's offices on the weekend days of Feb. 21 and 22, as presented by Healing Touch Spiritual Ministries. Interested in learning more about the course? Email Theresa Dean at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit their website by clicking here.
Exercise is an essential part of overall health, but even the most motivated among us can be discouraged by this cold weather. It is much easier to stay in by the warm fire, but continuing your exercise routine year round is important for your heart health
The ice is melting, and we have all run out of wine! On your next trip to the grocery store, keep in mind that while it is not recommended to take up drinking, if you already do, red wine can possibly have heart healthy benefits. According to the Mayo Clinic, red wine, in moderation, contains antioxidants that may help prevent heart disease by increasing levels of "good" cholesterol and protecting against artery damage.
You may be searching your cupboards trying to piece together dinner tonight (if you are like us). Do you have some spare vegetables, chicken breast and flour? This list of ingredients is long, but maybe you can mix-and-match your pantry to create a heart healthy version of the American Heart Association's Chicken Pot Pie:
As Atlanta locks down and prepares for the snow and ice, we need to be aware of the risks associated with the cold weather. Our older residents and those with heart disease are particularly at risk. As we age, our ability to to maintain a normal body temperature decreases. If you have cardiovascular disease, talk with your doctor before exerting yourself in cold weather. Even walking through heavy, wet snow can strain a person's heart.
In anticipation of this week's inclement weather, we are going to turn to a study and advice from the United Kingdom on "Keep Warm, Keep Well".