Make Heart Health Part of Your Self-Care Routine

Date Created: 02/18/2021

Stethoscope and heart-healthy foods

February is American Heart Month! Devoting a little time every day to care for yourself can go a long way toward protecting your heart.

DID YOU KNOW THAT NEARLY 80 PERCENT OF CARDIAC EVENTS CAN BE PREVENTED?

Although heart disease is a leading cause of death for women and men in the U.S., it is largely preventable. At GuideWell Emergency Doctors, our team of Board-Certified Emergency Medicine Doctors say that by practicing self-care and taking preventive measures, you can lower your risk of developing heart disease while improving your overall health and well-being.

Our doctors encourage you to try to incorporate simple, self-care steps to help lower your blood pressure and reduce your chances of being diagnosed with heart disease.

  • Managing your stress: Deep breathing is one of the most effective techniques for immediate stress relief. Try the 4-7-8 technique: breathe in for 4 seconds, hold your breath for 7 seconds and exhale for 8 seconds.
  • Exercising regularly: The more active you are, the more you will benefit. Participate in aerobic exercise for at least a few minutes at a time throughout the week—it all adds up!
  • Choosing heart-healthy foods: Healthy eating involves choosing certain foods, like whole grains, proteins, fruits and vegetables.
  • Getting quality sleep: Sleep plays a vital role in good health and well-being throughout your life. To help heal and repair heart and blood vessels, adults should aim for 7–9 hours of sleep a night.

Thorough, Fast, Affordable Care

However, should you or a loved one experience chest pain or shortness of breath, our medical staff is trained to treat life’s unexpected emergencies in patients of all ages.

We’re open 7 days a week and provide similar services you would receive in an ER, but at an average of 1/2 the time1 and 1/3 the cost2.

Additionally, our clinics are equipped with noninvasive diagnostic heart tests, like:

  • EKG
  • Chest X-ray
  • CT scan
  • Ultrasound
  • Lab work

Our team will also coordinate follow-up care with your primary care doctor, a specialist or arrange direct admittance to a hospital if needed.

Remember that we are here to help you take care of your ticker! A healthier heart is worth the journey.

If you are having a life-threatening emergency, please call 911 or visit your nearest emergency room.


1 Cost is based on health plan actuarial analysis performed in 2016 that compared cost of hospital-based ER visit versus a GuideWell Emergency Doctors visit.

2 American College of Emergency Physicians

Source: https://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health-topics/heart-healthy-living