The heart works hard, beating about 2.5 billion times over the average
lifespan. It is a strong and resilient organ, but can be damaged if not
cared for properly. Keeping your heart healthy can be a challenge.
St. John’s Cardiologist William Mullen, MD has three easy tips to help keep your heart in tip-top shape.
1. Eat Healthy
Eating a well-balanced diet will significantly lower your risk of cardiovascular
disease. It is important to eat a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, whole
grains, and lean protein.
Reduce the amount of salt, added sugar, and saturated fats in your diet,
and limit yourself to 1-2 alcoholic beverages a day.
St. John’s also offers
nutritional counseling in Jackson, WY to help you get started with a healthier diet. Connect with a registered
dietitian to find a coach, or just have your questions answered.
2. Stop Smoking
The earlier you quit smoking, the better. Smoking increases your blood
pressure, causes plaque to build up in arteries all over the body, and
leads to multiple different forms of cancer.
Talk to your health care provider about methods and medications available
to help you quit. It is never too late!
Integrating regular physical activity into your life helps you maintain
a healthy weight, reduces stress, and lowers your risk of high blood pressure
and heart disease. The
American Heart Association
recommends getting 30 minutes of moderate physical activity at least five
times per week.
Small changes, such as taking the stairs instead of the elevator, can make
a BIG difference.
Dr. William Mullen is board certified in cardiovascular disease and professional interests
include arrhythmia, heart failure, myocardial infarction, and non-invasive
cardiac testing. Cardiology services at St. John’s range from echocardiograms
to cardiac rehabilitation. Call
307 739 7690 to make an appointment today.