Three White Plains Hospital cardiologists make sure their patients don’t leave their office without hearing this advice.
The heart is a complicated organ but caring for it doesn’t have to be. With World Heart Day approaching on Sept. 29, three heart experts from White Plains Hospital, home of advanced cardiac care in Westchester County, share their favorite pieces of healthy heart advice to patients. Making lifestyle changes is not only easy and enjoyable, it’s one of the best ways to avoid this leading cause of death for men and women.
The doctors’ advice:
Dr. Jeannette Yuen, Cardiologist:
“Engage in a fun, heart-pumping activity about two-and-a-half hours a week – dancing, a game of tennis, swimming. Those are all great exercises. Of course, check with your doctor about what activities are good for you, especially if you have back or other orthopedic issues, heart issues such as congestive heart failure or any arrhythmia.”
Dr. James Peacock, Cardiologist/Electrophysiologist
“Avoid processed foods and eat fresh! Processed foods tend to have higher levels of sugar and salt, which can exacerbate diabetes and high blood pressure. Think about the layout of your grocery store – most fresh foods are found around the walls of the store. So, if you avoid the middle aisles and shop the perimeter, your cart will fill up with fresh fruit, vegetables, diary and meat. You’ll be able to prepare fresh foods, know what’s in your food, eat better and feel better.”
Dr. Edo Paz, Cardiologist/Echocardiology/Nuclear Cardiology
“Every little bit counts. I think most of us know exercise is a great way to support your heart health, but a lot of my patients can feel intimidated at the idea of starting a workout routine. Remember, you don’t need to run a marathon to protect your heart. Even walking for 15 minutes a few times every week is a great way to be active.”
Know your risks! Take our Health Assessment at https://wphospital.org/heartdisease/. To make an appointment with one of our cardiologists, please call 914-849-MyMD.
Don’t forget to join White Plains Hospital and the American Heart Association for World Heart Day on Wednesday, September 29 from noon to 12:30 p.m.! The Women’s Health Webinar, as part of the Go Red for Women initiative, will include guest speaker WPH cardiologist Dr. Shalini Bobra and American Heart Association board member and cardiologist Dr. Patrick Thomas. You can register for the free event here.