Heart Healthy Diet
Creating a heart-healthy lifestyle
Aerobic exercise, proper diet and controlling daily stress are important aspects of developing a heart-healthy lifestyle. Aerobic exercise strengthens the heart and helps it pump more effectively. To maintain a healthy heart, 30 or more minutes of exercise at least three times a week is recommended. The Flaget Memorial Hospital's Cardiac Rehabilitation staff works with participants on individualized exercise programs. Patients are closely monitored during exercise sessions to make sure they are exercising at a comfortable pace. Treadmills, stationary bicycles, and other exercise equipment are available.
A registered dietitian educates patients how to make heart-healthy food choices at home, in the grocery store and in restaurants. An appointment can be made at a time to suit your needs. Since stress is a factor in 80 percent of all illnesses, Flaget Memorial Hospital's Cardiac Rehabilitation staff help patients learn techniques to reduce stress.