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Cardiologist’s Tips for Staying Heart-Healthy

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Small changes in your daily life can make a big difference in your long-term health. Ochsner Baton Rouge cardiologist Desiree’ Dawson, MD, outlines a few steps you can take to stay heart-healthy. 

She says, "You wanna just make sure you're living a healthy lifestyle, and there are different ways you can do that. You can always exercise, meaning at least 30 minutes daily, if not daily, then at least 50 minutes, three times a week. And that's with cardio or any kind of weight training, or both. Think they both work perfectly. I know I get a lot of women in my clinic saying, "Oh, my knee hurts. Oh, my hip hurts." Those with hip pain or knee pain, or just unable to bear weight on their lower extremities can do aquatic exercises or even ride bikes. That should help."

"Diet is another thing that's something you can do on a day to day. You have to watch your carb intake. You have to watch your fried food intake and absolutely watch your cholesterol and sweets included, especially those who are diabetic. So if you have questions on what diet works best for you, we can get you in touch with someone, as far as a nutritionist, versus you can talk with your doctor regarding what would be the best healthy diet for you."

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