TELEMEDICINE appointments now available for all medical problems, with Dr Martin. Click here to schedule yourself now. New patients welcome!

5 Lifestyle Tips to Reduce Your Risk for Heart Disease

At the practice of Tim Martin M.D. in Abilene, Texas, Dr. Martin and his team understand the important role a healthy lifesty

Heart disease isn’t a single illness. It’s actually a general term that describes several issues that can affect your heart and blood vessels. Some of these conditions include:

Having heart disease can trigger life-threatening events, including heart attacks and strokes. And, one in four American deaths is due to heart disease.

At the practice of Tim Martin M.D. in Abilene, Texas, Dr. Martin and his team understand the important role a healthy lifestyle plays in your overall health, especially when it comes to heart disease. By making these five changes, you can keep your cholesterol, blood pressure, and blood sugar at normal levels, which may reduce your need for prescription medications and lower your risk of developing serious health issues, including heart disease.

1. Follow a healthy diet

To keep your body in tip-top shape, avoid processed foods high in saturated fats, trans fats, and cholesterol. Instead, focus on a low-salt, high-fiber diet. You should eat lean proteins as well as plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables. To keep your blood sugar in check or help manage diabetes, you should also limit the amount of sugar you consume.

2. Maintain a healthy weight

Being overweight or obese can leave you vulnerable to several health conditions, from hormone imbalances and metabolic diseases to heart disease and certain types of cancer. During your appointment, Dr. Martin and his team can see if your weight is within a healthy range by calculating your body mass index. If you have extra pounds to lose, Dr. Martin can develop a personalized weight loss plan.

3. Increase your physical activity

One of the easiest ways to keep your heart healthy and maintain your weight is through physical activity. For maximum results, you should try to get at least 2½ hours of moderate exercise each week, such as bicycling or walking briskly. It may sound like a lot, but you don’t have to exercise for large periods at a time. Instead, exercise for 10 minutes here and there over the week.

To get help increase your physical activity, or if you're new to exercise, Dr. Martin can guide you through the process to get you started.

4. Drink in moderation and quit smoking

Drinking too much alcohol can raise your blood pressure. And smoking can increase your chances of developing heart disease. To avoid these health complications, women should limit their intake of alcohol to one beverage per day, and men should stop at two. And if you smoke, we can help you kick the habit once and for all.

5. Learn to manage stress

Living with stress can increase your risk of developing certain health issues, such as high blood pressure. To protect your heart health, add things to your schedule that can help you manage stress, such as engaging in relaxing activities or meeting with a qualified mental health provider for talk therapy.

In addition to making these lifestyle changes, you should get regular cardiovascular screenings. Dr. Martin and his team will tailor your evaluation to your personal and family health history, current health concerns, and individual risks.


To learn more ways to prevent heart disease, book an appointment online or over the phone with Tim Martin M.D. today.

You Might Also Enjoy...

What to Do About Stress Incontinence

If you’re struggling with stress incontinence, you probably feel embarrassed and alone. But urinary incontinence is more common than you think! Take a moment to learn what you can do about stress incontinence.

5 Ways to Boost Your Cardiovascular Health

An unhealthy heart can lead to life-threatening conditions. But there’s good news! You can avoid most heart problems by keeping your heart healthy. Here are five ways you can get and keep a strong, healthy heart.

What Happens at My Annual Wellness Visit (AWV)?

Although Medicare doesn’t cover a routine physical, you are entitled to an Annual Wellness Visit (AWV). If you’re wondering what’s involved in a wellness visit, we can help! Read on to learn what to expect at your next AWV.

Bioidentical Hormone Therapy: Am I a Good Candidate?

You remember the problems that hormones caused in your teenage years. Now they’re back and wreaking havoc on your adult life! Bioidentical hormone therapy can help. Read on to learn if this treatment modality is right for you.

Opioid Relapse: What to Do When You Feel Yourself Slipping

You’ve worked hard to break your addiction to opioids, but suddenly you find yourself slipping. We have you covered. There are things you can do to stay healthy and off opioids. Read on to learn what to do when you’re worried about a relapse.