Your heart health is important. WellSpan invites you to learn more about your heart, how to keep it healthy and when medical treatment may be needed.
The heart is at the center of your circulatory system, which is a network of blood vessels that delivers blood to every part of your body. Blood carries oxygen and other important nutrients that all body organs need to stay healthy and to work properly. Learn more about your heart and its job to pump blood throughout your circulatory system.
It’s not always easy to tell if you’re having problems with blood vessels in your heart and your body. You can’t feel plaque building up in your arteries. That’s a scary thought for anyone who is concerned about high blood pressure or high cholesterol. Learn about your heart and blood circulation with links to additional information on specific concerns.
Physical activity is one of the best things you can do to help prevent a heart attack and stroke. Being active is one part of a heart-healthy lifestyle. Eating healthy foods, not smoking, and staying at a healthy weight are other ways you can be heart-healthy and help prevent a heart attack or a stroke.
Walking is a form of aerobic exercise and is one of the easiest ways to increase your physical activity and improve your health. Physical activity increases your heart rate, strengthens your heart, and increases blood circulation through your body, bringing more oxygen and nutrients to your organs. Exercise also increases your lungs’ ability to take in oxygen, lowers blood pressure, helps to reduce body fat, and improves blood sugar and cholesterol levels. Explore tips for how to start walking and stay motivated.
Eating heart-healthy is about choice. It means you choose to eat more foods that give you lots of nutrients and help keep your heart and blood vessels healthy. And you cut back on the foods that aren’t so healthy, like cheeseburgers and fries. This short video explains how to eat a heart-healthy diet.
A heart-healthy eating plan is full of foods that can lower your risk of heart disease, heart attack, and stroke. This plan can help you stay at a healthy weight and manage cholesterol and blood pressure. It is part of a heart-healthy lifestyle that includes regular activity and not smoking. Learn more about how heart-healthy eating.
What happens when you have a heart attack? This short video explains how blocked arteries can restrict blood flow causing a heart attack.
Hear a story about how heart attacks may feel different than you expect and what you should do when you think you or someone else may be having a heart attack.
When you have heart disease, you’re at high risk for having a heart attack. There are some things about your personal risk that you can’t control. Learn about risk factors you can and can’t control in this short video.
Your doctor may talk with you about your risk for heart and blood flow problems, including heart attack and stroke. You and your doctor can use your risk to decide whether you need to lower it and what treatment is best for you.
This tool helps you find out how smoking affects your chance of having a heart attack in the next 10 years. The information for this tool is based on the Framingham Heart Study. Since 1948 the Framingham Heart Study has studied the progression of heart disease and the risk factors of heart disease. If you smoke and also have other risk factors for heart disease, your risk may be higher than this tool says it is.
A strong, healthy heart is what we all want to have beating inside our chests, but our hearts can’t stay strong if we don’t take care of them. Having diabetes means your heart needs extra love and care, because high blood sugar damages blood vessels. And so do high cholesterol and high blood pressure, which lots of people with diabetes also have. That means your risk of having a heart attack or stroke is a lot higher than someone who doesn’t have diabetes. Learn more about diabetes and your heart in this short video.