“WiZdoms” for the Heart ♥
This week’s GutwiZdom episode was recorded in front of a live audience at the WCBS Studios in NYC. Dr. Jonathan Winston, a highly regarded nephrologist from the Mount Sinai Health System (and Deidre’s doctor of 26 years!) joined Deidre and JG along with Dr. John Puskas, Chief of Cardiovascular Surgery (also from the Mount Sinai Health System), and the man responsible for saving Dr. Winston’s life.
Listen to Dr. Jonathan Winston share his incredible story and get heart healthy “wiZdoms” from both doctors to live a heart healthier 2018!
HEART HEALTHY WIZDOMS FOR 2018
- Don’t assume! Like Dr. Winston, you might be experiencing fatigue or shortness of breath and blaming it on “deconditioning” (being out of shape). Don’t self-diagnose! If you are overweight and you smoke, chances are you know you are at a higher risk for heart disease. However, don’t be fooled. Thin people who exercise and look good can also be at risk for heart disease.
- Prevention and Intention. Things like family history, poor diet, high cholesterol, high blood pressure and smoking are all risk factors for coronary heart disease. The good news is that you can stop smoking and reduce weight issues by exercising, which will improve your high blood pressure. There are medicines/statins available to treat hypertension and cholesterol, as well. So, knowing that you might have some higher risk factors for coronary artery disease can be prevented if you know your risk factors and address them! With intention to prevent whatever risk factors you may have you will be ahead of the game.
- Make better choices in your diet. Reduce your processed foods and red meat intake and increase heart healthy foods like fruits and vegetables. It’s okay to have red meat, by the way. Being aware of the fat content in what we eat, whether it’s red meat or cupcakes, is a key factor to heart health. Lean meats, low sodium, low fat diets that are rich in fresh vegetables and fruit are still the heart healthy “wiZdoms” we should live by.
- Manage your stress. Mediate, take a yoga class, or practice gratitude with the GutwiZdom Journal of Gratitude™. It’s super important to identify what your stress triggers are. Sometimes easier said than done, try and pinpoint specific triggers that cause you stress and then think about what gives you equilibrium and calms you in those types of situations. Then, you will have the ability to put some control around those triggers and jump to working on being calm, first, before reacting.
- Make daily exercise part of your routine. Adding more walking to your day can be as easy as getting off the subway a few stops early and walking to work. Finding opportunities during your day to get exercise in will help keep your stress levels down and your heart health up!
- Get a stress test! Now that you know your rick factors, signs of heart disease, and how to get heart healthy, get tested and track your progress! Thankfully, Dr. Winston had to have a stress test prior to his double knee surgery that had been scheduled. Had he not had the stress test, he could have died. Be sure to include in your annual physical a cardio stress test. It doesn’t hurt and, as you’ll hear with Dr. Winston, it saved his life.
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