If you’ve heard it once, you’ve heard it a thousand times: protect your health with exercise and healthy eating, get screened, pay attention to your symptoms. But doctors say it again and again (and then again) because not only can it literally save your life, but many people aren’t listening, says Thomas Moccia, D.O., a cardiologist at Inspira Medical Center Mullica Hill and a provider member of the Cardiac Partners network of physicians.
Heart disease is the No. 1 cause of death worldwide, and it's mostly preventable by changing your lifestyle and managing risk factors. In honor of American Heart Month, here are seven ways you can prevent becoming a statistic.
1. Get moving
Your heart is a muscle and, as with any muscle, exercise is what strengthens it.
The first step is to determine your target heart rate, then find an activity you enjoy and can stick with for the long run.
2. Quit smoking
Quitting smoking is tough. But you know that it's important to quit, and one of the biggest reasons is that it's linked to heart disease.
4. Eat heart-healthy foods
5. Don't forget the chocolate
The good news: chocolate and wine contribute to heart health.
6. Don't overeat
- Blood shifting from the heart to the digestive system
- Faster and irregular heart rhythms, which can lead to heart attack or heart failure
7. Stress less
There are more than 1,400 biochemical responses to stress, including a rise in blood pressure and a faster heart rate. If you don't manage your stress, it can create more stress and trap you in a stress cycle.
Call 833-SJHEART to make an appointment with a Cardiac Partners at Cooper and Inspira heart specialist in South Jersey.
Why Choose Cardiac Partners at Cooper and Inspira?
Integrated Heart Services
In January 2018, Inspira Health and Cooper University Health Care combined their systems’ complementary heart services under one program, Cardiac Partners at Cooper and Inspira. This robust partnership gives patients access to state-of-the-art treatment techniques and renowned cardiologists from both networks to produce superior outcomes.
Comprehensive Cardiac Care
With Cardiac Partners at Cooper and Inspira, you’re connected to a full spectrum of heart expertise. Our combined services span everything from evaluation and diagnosis, to advanced heart surgery, to cardiac rehabilitation. We offer the most minimally invasive techniques (TAVR, Watchman, robotic-assisted surgery) and state-of-the-art diagnostic capabilities. Nurse navigators are there to guide you and answer your questions every step of the way.
The Heart of South Jersey
There’s no reason to travel outside of New Jersey to find comprehensive heart care and specialists. Cardiac Partners is the largest cardiac program in South Jersey, giving patients access to more national and international renowned cardiologists in more locations than ever before. Inspira Health Network Medical Centers Woodbury and Vineland are certified by the American College of Cardiology Accreditation Services as Chest Pain Centers. This recognizes Inspira’s commitment to excellence in managing the evaluation and treatment of chest pain syndromes, including emergency cardiac catheterization and stunting of blocked arteries causing acute heart attacks. Additionally, all three Inspira Medical Centers have received the Beacon Award from the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses for excellence in critical care nursing, while Cooper has been recognized by the Society of Thoracic Surgeons for superior surgical outcomes.