February Heart Health Month is a great time to learn more about keeping your heart healthy. According to the American Heart Association (AHA) there are five important heart health numbers that can determine your risk for developing cardiovascular disease:
- Total cholesterol
- HDL (good) cholesterol
- Blood pressure
- Blood sugar
- Body Mass Index (BMI)
About 80 percent of heart diseases are preventable and a healthy lifestyle and self-care can support your heart’s health. Awareness of your risk factors, knowing your heart numbers, and making healthy lifestyle choices can reduce your risks.
Studies have also shown that yoga may have benefits for your heart’s health. Yoga typically combines physical postures, breathing techniques and meditation. This mind-body practice can improve strength, flexibility, balance, and relaxation. As part of an overall treatment plan, yoga may help manage blood pressure, heart rate, blood cholesterol and blood glucose levels, as well as reduce stress.