How cardiologists look after their own hearts
Heart disease is one of the leading causes of death worldwide. Here are the heart health habits cardiologists follow to prevent heart problems for life.
“I use a meal delivery service”
“Good nutrition is essential to heart health. Unfortunately I often miss meals and instead ending up grabbing junk food during the work day. A meal delivery service is totally worth it for me as it helps guarantee that I will have healthy meals and snacks. Another great option is to prep your meals for the week in advance so you can just grab and go.” – Nicole Weinberg, MD, cardiologist
“I keep a gratitude journal”
“Studies have recently shown that expressing gratitude may have a significant positive impact on heart health. One study, for example, showed the volunteers who were asked to focus on feelings of deep appreciation had increased heart rate variability, which is a marker that predicts decreased death from cardiac disease. Another study found that patients who kept a gratitude journal for two months had lower levels of inflammatory biomarkers that could lead to cardiovascular disease. Giving thanks can improve subjective wellbeing and overall health. It’s become clear to me that gratitude isn’t just good for the soul, it’s good for the body, too.” – Nicole Van Groningen, MD, internal medicine physician
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