Heart doctors recommend that all adults have their cholesterol levels checked every five years. Having high levels of low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol and high total cholesterol increases your risk of heart disease and heart attacks. If your LDL cholesterol levels are high, your heart doctor may prescribe medications. You can also implement a few healthy lifestyle changes to manage your cholesterol.
Eat More Fish
Heart doctors recommend eating fish at least twice every week. Fish is heart healthy because it contains high amounts of omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3 fatty acids can help lower your cholesterol, reduce your blood pressure, and lower your risk of developing blood clots. If you’ve already suffered a heart attack, increasing your intake of omga-3 fatty acids can reduce your risk of sudden death. As an added bonus, when you include more fish in your diet, chances are you’ll automatically lower your intake of fatty meat such as beef. Reducing your intake of saturated fat is also beneficial for heart health. Choose fish with the highest amounts of omega-3 fatty acids, such as salmon, mackerel, lake trout, sardines, halibut, and Albacore tuna. Avoid frying the fish; instead, bake or grill it. If you’re a vegetarian, talk to your doctor about taking an omega-3 supplement.
Reconsider Your Typical Breakfasts
If you usually eat sugary cereal or eggs and bacon for breakfast, consider revamping your menu. Eating a bowl of steel-cut oatmeal every morning can significantly increase your intake of soluble fiber. Just one and a half cups of cooked oatmeal contains six grams of fiber. Soluble fiber helps lower your LDL cholesterol. For even more fiber, add some sliced bananas to your oatmeal.
Cardiac Solutions offers comprehensive heart health management plans for patients in the Phoenix, Glendale, and surrounding areas. Our heart doctors can help you lower your LDL cholesterol and reduce your risk of heart disease. Learn more about us and our Lipid Management Clinics by calling (623) 208-5305.