How to improve heart health
When it comes to health and fitness, the heart is often overlooked. Even the most health-conscious among us rarely give it a second thought, and that could be a problem. There is good news, however. It turns out you can improve your heart health by making a few simple changes – and what better time to make changes than Heart Health Month?
Change 1: If you’re a smoker, quit
We know that quitting is easier said than done. If you’ve tried to quit before only to fail, we say try again. Quitting smoking (at any stage of your life) can decrease your risk factor for heart disease and improve your overall health. Ask your doctor about new therapies that can make quitting easier.
Change 2: Reduce your stress
Here are the facts about heart disease:
1. Heart disease is the No. 1 cause of death for both men and women in the United States, claiming approximately 1 million lives per year.
2. Every 33 seconds, someone in the United States dies from a cardiovascular disease.
3. This year, more than 920,000 Americans will have a heart attack, and nearly half of them will occur without any prior symptoms or warning signs.
4. Under age 50, heart attacks are twice as likely to be fatal for women than men.
5. Between 70% and 89% of sudden cardiac events occur in men.
How healthy is your heart? What is the likelihood of having coronary heart disease? Do you have a normal heart rhythm?
Most likely, you won’t know the answers to these questions off the top of your head, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t important. It might be a good time to consider a stress test. Okay, so one more question: What is a stress test?
A stress test can be used to test for heart disease and determine the amount of stress your heart is able to manage before developing an abnormal rhythm or the risk of not receiving enough blood flow to your heart muscle.
You can choose between different types of stress tests. They are all conducted by either a doctor or a trained technician.
Treadmill Stress Test
The "SOUPER BOWL" event has been happening all week at the Lexington and Fort Wayne campuses! Students are voting for which team will be victorious on Sunday by donating cans. All the cans are being donated to the local Salvation Armies, so really the Salvation Army is the winner here! Check out this video about the event at the Lexington campus featured on WLEX-TV on Wednesday, January 29th.
Sometimes, we know that a New Year’s Resolution can be much more personal than a fitness routine. One of the top resolutions chosen each year is to quit smoking. Whether it is you or a loved one who has the habit of reaching for a cigarette in stressful situations, the tips below can help lead to a healthy and smoke free lifestyle.
Identify Why You Want To Quit
The success of any goal is dependent on dedication and passion, and unless you know what your motivation is how can you expect to succeed? Do you have a baby on the way, or are you giving your health a new focus? No matter what your reason to quit is; we challenge you to never forget it. It takes a personal reason to fuel your motivation and resolve, especially when working to change a lifestyle habit.
Do Not Do This Alone
Maybe your New Year’s Resolution isn’t centered on health-related goals, but instead your resolution is focused on your studies and overall education. When it comes to your education, you get out of it what you put into it and we want you to get the most out of your time at Medtech. That’s why we’ve compiled a few tips to help you stay focused and successful.
Manage your Time
Have you ever planned to study for a few hours and at the end of the day you realize somehow you didn’t study enough? It’s time to kick the habit of procrastination. By managing your time, minimizing both distractions and procrastination you will find yourself being significantly more productive.
Ask Questions in Class
Now that your “Get Fit” New Year’s Resolution is under way, we want to encourage you to keep up on your health. At Medtech, we believe that your eating habits are an important step in fulfilling your resolution. Try out the S.M.A.R.T. goal method by following the tips below and start taking care of your body.
Track and Plan
The most popular New Year’s Resolution each year is to get healthy and fit. Everyone is looking to the New Year for a fresh start and a new fitness program. While staying active is difficult enough with jobs, families and school, a healthy lifestyle is one of the many keys to a happy and fulfilled life. At Medtech, we want to support your effort in creating a healthy habit so here are some tips specific to getting fit and staying fit in the New Year:
Set Specific Goals
Have you ever heard of S.M.A.R.T. goals? The acronym stands for Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant and Timely. The more specific and realistic your fitness goal is, the easier it will be for you to mentally prepare for it and physically achieve it. Create both short-term and long-term goals. The achievement of each short-term goal will not only boost your confidence, but will bring you closer to reaching your long-term goals!
We are grateful to have experienced Thanksgiving with all of you last month! Below is a list of some of our favorite messages of thanks we received:
@Marsha L Tincher: I’m thankful for everyone who God allows to come into my life because he always has a reason or a lesson to be learned whether it be good or bad. I’m thankful for THE beautiful Earth he has gave me to enjoy while I’m here. I’m thankful for each day I wake up to see the sunshine and the beauty in each day. And if I can make someone smile or laugh just with the simple things in life and small gestures I give I feel I made some of their day. And thank you God for listening and answering my prayers. Life is good!
@Nikki Herring: I am thankful for the opportunity to better my life for my family. And to make their lives better. I am thankful to have my family as well as my friends, classmates and instructors.