February Patient Newsletter Orange County

February is Heart Health Month

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women in the United States. It is also one of the most preventable. According to the CDC, 49% of Americans have at least one risk factor for developing heart disease, including diabetes, being overweight, having a poor diet, not being active or drinking excessively.There are many small changes you can make in your everyday life to help increase the health of your heart. Small changes are the best place to start, because each change can be easily incorporated in your lifestyle, and we have provided some easy changes you can make to help increase your overall heart health.

 1. Eat one extra fruit or vegetable a day. Fruits and veggies, particularly those in season, taste great and are good for your whole body, including your heart.

2. Start your day with a great breakfast. Having whole grains like cereal or whole wheat toast and fruit can be a great way to start the day.

3. Don’t forget to go nuts! Walnuts, peanuts, almonds and other nuts are known to be good for your heart, and are a great alternative to something sweet as a snack.

4. Take a 10 minute walk. Adding a short walk into your day is a great way to start moving.

5. Relax and Take A Breath. Try breathing slowly and deeply for a few minutes every day. It can help you relax and center yourself, and can even help reduce blood pressure.

6. Washing Your Hands Often. While this is recommended, especially during cold and flu season to prevent the spread of colds, it’s important to remember that flu, pneumonia and other infections can be hard on your heart. 

7. Hobbies Help to Relieve Stress. Activities like knitting, sewing, quilting, woodworking, and more can be a great way to relieve stress and do your heart some good in the process.

8. Share A Laugh Or Two. It turns out that laughter can be good for your heart as well.

9. Keeping Your Teeth Healthy Could Mean Keeping Your Heart Healthy! People with gingivitis and periodontal disease seem to be at higher risk for heart disease and endocarditis. Avoid these problems by brushing and flossing regularly, and don’t miss those dental checkups!

10. Get A Good Night’s Sleep. People who are chronically sleep deprived have higher risk of obesity, high blood pressure, heart attack and depression. 

One young competitive athlete dies every three days from sudden cardiac death.

In honor of February Heart Health month, Caduceus 4 Kids is offering ONE COMPLIMENTARY PEDIATRIC EKG PER PATIENT. Your child need not be a patient to receive this screening.

If you are preparing your young athlete for spring sports, you can also mark a $50 sports physical off your to-do checklist and also book the sports physical at the time of the EKG screening!

In this Valentine’s Day episode, the Green Docs Podcast, co-hosted by our Chief Medical Officer Nathaniel DeNicola MD, review toxic-free romance. You’ll learn how couples, including expectant couples, can enjoy a swoon-worthy evening without any extra toxic chemicals –  from chocolate and sweets, safe foods to enjoy, flowers, spa days, and more. Listen here

Our very own Chief Medical Officer, Nathaniel DeNicola MD, was also interviewed for the global news platform, The Guardian, to share his expertise on the link between exposure to air pollution and preterm births. Read here