7222 Crawford Rd Suite 100
Argyle TX 76226

CHRISTOPHER HUGHES, MD
WILLIAM MUSGRAVE, DO

Protect Yourself from Heart Disease
By Argyle Family Practice
September 14, 2021
Category: Health
Tags: Heart Disease  

Your family medicine doctors in Argyle, TX, can help you stay healthy.

Heart disease is life-threatening. Fortunately, you can do a lot to protect yourself from heart disease, and your family medicine doctors can help.

Dr. Christopher Hughes and Dr. William Musgrave at Argyle Family Practice & Aesthetics offer a wide range of family medicine services in Argyle, TX, including prevention and treatment of heart disease.

How can you protect yourself from heart disease? If you smoke, the first major way you can help yourself is to quit smoking. Smoking is the main contributor to many serious medical conditions, including heart disease. Your family medicine doctor can help you quit.

You should also modify your diet, which plays a crucial role in fighting heart disease. There are several ways to change your diet for the better, including:

  • Avoiding greasy, fatty, and fried foods. Foods that are baked are much lower in fats
  • Switch from full-fat dairy products to low-fat or skim dairy products
  • Switch from eating red meat to eating leaner meats like chicken, turkey, or fish
  • Eat a diet high in antioxidants, including vegetables and fruits like berries. Vegetables have a higher fiber content, which helps you stay full and eat less

Try to exercise for at least 30 minutes on most days of the week. Even short intervals of 10 minutes help you stay fit and active. Include some aerobic exercise in your regimen by walking, jogging, running, or swimming. Aerobic exercise helps your heart.

Try some stress management techniques like yoga, deep breathing, meditation, or reading to lower your stress levels.

Visit your family doctor regularly, especially as you get older. Your doctor can check your blood pressure and cholesterol levels, which are the main factors in heart disease treatment. Remember to take your blood pressure and cholesterol medication as prescribed by your doctor.

To learn more about prevention, signs, symptoms, and treatment of heart disease, talk with the family medicine experts in Argyle, TX. Call Dr. Hughes and Dr. Musgrave of Argyle Family Practice & Aesthetics at (940) 226 4850 now!

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