American Heart Month: Unlock Heart Health This February

Celebrate Heart Health this February at Santiam Hospital & Clinics

Happy February! As we embrace this month of love, Santiam Hospital & Clinics is turning the spotlight onto something equally precious – our hearts. February is American Heart Month, a time dedicated to prioritizing cardiovascular health and spreading awareness about preventing heart disease.

Ways to Keep Your Heart Healthy

At Santiam Hospital & Clinics, we believe in empowering our community with practical tips and strategies to keep their hearts in top shape. From incorporating heart-healthy foods into your diet to staying active and effectively managing stress, we’ve curated insights to help you make heart-smart choices every single day.

  • Stay Hydrated: Drinking an adequate amount of water each day helps maintain proper blood circulation, which is crucial for heart health. Aim to drink at least eight glasses of water daily to stay hydrated.
  • Get Quality Sleep: Prioritize getting enough sleep each night, as inadequate sleep can increase the risk of heart disease. Aim for 7-9 hours of quality sleep per night to allow your body to rest and recharge.
  • Manage Stress: Chronic stress can take a toll on your heart health. Practice stress-reducing techniques such as meditation, deep breathing exercises, yoga, or engaging in hobbies you enjoy to help lower stress levels and promote heart health.
  • Eat a Balanced Diet: Focus on consuming a variety of nutrient-rich foods, including fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins, and healthy fats. Limit your intake of saturated and trans fats, sodium, and added sugars, as these can increase the risk of heart disease.
  • Limit Alcohol Consumption: While moderate alcohol consumption may have some cardiovascular benefits, excessive drinking can damage your heart. Limit alcohol intake to moderate levels, which is defined as up to one drink per day for women and up to two drinks per day for men.
  • Maintain a Healthy Weight: Obesity and being overweight are major risk factors for heart disease. Adopting a balanced diet and engaging in regular physical activity can help you achieve and maintain a healthy weight, reducing your risk of heart disease.
  • Get Regular Health Screenings: Schedule regular check-ups with your healthcare provider to monitor your heart health and assess your risk factors for heart disease. Screenings such as cholesterol tests, blood sugar tests, and heart health assessments can help detect issues early and prevent complications.

Meet Our Cardiology Team

Dr. Benjamin Lee and Samantha Pacheco PA-C are distinguished members on our Cardiology Team. They bring a wealth of expertise, compassion, and a steadfast commitment to cardiac care. With extensive experience and a passion for improving heart health, Dr. Lee and Samantha Pacheco PA-C and their dedicated team are focused on ensuring the well-being of our patients. Discover more about the comprehensive services offered by our Cardiology Team and how they are focused on ensuring your heart health.

Your heart is truly at the center of everything you do. Let’s come together to make this February a month of nurturing and celebrating heart health. Wishing you a heart-healthy February from all of us at Santiam Hospital & Clinics!