Katz Health Tips, February 2016
1: Don’t Ignore Heart Palpitations
Does it sometimes feel like your heart is beating irregularly? In most cases, heart palpitations are not serious and can be a result of a variety of causes including anxiety, caffeine intake, exercise or fever. However, they can also indicate an arrhythmia (abnormal heart rhythm) due to heart disease, an abnormal heart valve or an electrolyte abnormality in your blood, such as a low potassium level. If you’ve recently experienced heart palpitations for the first time or if they are occurring with chest pain, a shortness of breath, unusual sweating, dizziness or lightheadedness, contact your doctor right away. Here are Five Steps to Protect Your Heart.
2: Choose the Right Footwear
Perhaps, the most important piece of equipment for exercising is your footwear. Those old sneakers that feel comfortable for walking around town may not offer the support you need during a workout. It’s wise to match the right type of shoe to the type of exercise you’re doing – whether that’s aerobics, running, tennis or basketball. Learn more tips for preventing exercise injuries.
3: Make a Heart Healthy Valentine’s Treat
On Valentine’s Day, many of us splurge with a luxurious box of chocolates or at least a rich, calorie-laden dessert. Yet, there are many heart-healthy alternatives that are just as tempting. Consider a perfect piece of fruit or a small piece of high quality dark chocolate instead. You’ll get all the sweetness without the extra calories and sugar. When it comes to sweet treats, quality is always better than quantity.