7 Powerful Ways You Can Strengthen Your Heart

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

Eating a lot of food at once leads to: 
  • 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.