5 Easy Tips for Keeping Your Heart Healthy

Cardinal Innovations Healthcare — February 19, 2021 — 2 min read
For those with an intellectual or developmental disability, also called an IDD, it can sometimes be difficult to get enough exercise. Because of this, people with IDD are more likely to become overweight or obese. Obesity can be a risk factor for developing heart disease—that’s why if you or a loved one has an IDD, it’s important to take care of your heart in other ways. Follow these easy tips to support your heart health!


Stop smoking

Smoking is one of the top risk factors for heart disease. If you stop smoking (or never start), you’re already doing great.

Eat more fish, nuts, and beans

You want to get more nutrients that help your heart. You can find nutrients that are good for your heart in all types of fish, nuts, and beans. Beans also have lots of protein!

Skip the salt

If you eat a lot of salt, you may be increasing your chance of getting heart disease. Instead, use other options like Mrs. Dash to get the salty flavor you like.

De-stress on the daily

If you are constantly stressed, you may be increasing your chance of getting heart disease. To control stress, try deep breathing exercises, light yoga, laughing, cuddling a pet, or going for an easy walk.

And finally, get moving the best you can

You don’t have to go jogging or play a sport. You can get active by cleaning the house, walking to the mailbox, or just stretching in place.
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