Dr. James Fondriest and our staff at Lake Forest Dental Arts would like to raise awareness about heart disease. In an effort to improve the overall health of our community, we have posted some helpful tips for reducing your risk for developing heart conditions. Many lifestyle and genetic factors contribute to the development of heart disease. For some patients with certain genetic predispositions, heart disease may not be completely preventable but in many cases reducing your risk factors often lowers your chances of developing fatal heart conditions.
Reducing Your Risk for Heart Disease
- Live an active lifestyle. Patients who live a sedentary lifestyle are at a high risk. Incorporate activities into your daily life that promote stamina and endurance. For example, opt for taking the stairs over riding in an elevator.
- Commit to regular cardiovascular exercise. This type of exercise strengthens your heart. Your heart is like a muscle and when you engage in aerobic exercise on a regular basis you improve your heart health. Fitness walking, swimming, and jogging are examples of cardiovascular exercise. Talk to your physician about the types of exercise that are best for you.
- Eat a diet low in saturated fats and high in whole grains. Fiber-rich foods like oats help your body expel cholesterol rather than absorb it into the blood stream. Saturated fats, such as butter and fatty cuts of meat contribute to clogging arteries. A saturated fat means that these fats are solids at room temperature.
- Eat healthy fats. There is such a thing as healthy fats! Common examples of non-saturated fats include nuts, olive oil, and fish.
Reducing your risk for heart attack involves making healthy lifestyle changes. Heart disease claims more lives each year than any other disease—this even includes cancer. Your general health is very important to us; feel free to discuss your overall wellbeing with our compassionate staff. For questions or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Fondriest, contact our Chicago dentist office at (847) 234-0517. We serve patients from Glenview, Winnetka, Lake Forest, North Shore, Highland Park, and the neighboring Chicago communities.