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Talking With Patients About Heart Health

Cardiovascular disease affects millions of people worldwide every year. There are many reasons for this, but with a little guidance, you can help your patients significantly reduce their risk. Here are a few tips to help improve your patient’s cardiovascular health.

  • Discuss the patient’s eating habits. It’s incredible how our bodies are influenced by the products we consume. It is fascinating how people often tend to disbelieve it until a health-related issue arises. If there are concerns with your patient’s heart health, it’s time to discuss improving the quality of foods they put into their body.
  • Suggest a kitchen makeover. We all know that fried, fatty foods are bad for our health, but instead of shaming your patient, suggest healthy, wholesome alternatives. Encourage your patient to dig through their cupboards and get rid of products that may be sabotaging their health. It’s okay to indulge in a small portion of a delicious treat once in awhile, but an entire kitchen full of unhealthy food is a recipe for poor health.
  • Recommend smart shopping. It’s easy to lose focus and stray to unhealthy foods when you’re at the grocery store. Set your patients up for success at the supermarket by suggesting these smart shopping tips:
    • Avoid grocery shopping on an empty stomach.
    • Create a healthy meal plan and list out the ingredients.
    • Shop around the perimeter of the store. That’s typically where the natural, healthier foods are located.
    • Set a time limit to discourage wandering into the unhealthy isles.
  • Encourage eating in. It’s no secret that it is generally more healthy to eat at home than going to a restaurant. When you prepare your meals, you are conscious of each ingredient and portion size that you put on your plate.
  • Suggest healthy dining options. No matter how hard we try to avoid it, there will be times where we dine out, and that’s okay! Generally, Americans dine out at restaurants between 4 and 5 times per week. In conjunction with the unnecessarily large portion sizes and fat content, this can turn into a major problem. Walk through some healthy tips for dining out such as picking vegetable-based entrees and only eating half of the meal in one sitting.
  • Promote healthy activity. To put it simply, most people aren’t getting enough physical activity. Even 20 minutes of walking on a daily basis can help promote heart health.
  • Discuss sleeping habits. Is your patient getting enough sleep? Experts agree that sleep deprivation over time can lead to cardiovascular disease regardless of age, weight, or smoking habits. Encourage your patient to strive for a consistent, adequate sleep pattern.

No matter what age your patient may be, heart health is an important topic of discussion. Making sure that you touch on these points in an encouraging manner can make a positive impact while bringing attention to a much-needed discussion. In addition to the tips above, a natural supplement containing L-OptiZinc® from InterHealth can help! L-OptiZinc® has been shown in clinical studies to help promote cardiovascular health. For more information onL-OptiZinc® or other product ingredients from InterHealth, visit our website or give us a call at 1-800-783-4636 to speak with a representative directly.

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