Heart Healthy Living
You’re in charge of your heart health. When you treat this vital muscle well, you feel better and can tackle life’s daily challenges with energy and strength. That’s why you’ll want to get help from Genesis Heart Institute to keep your cardiovascular system in the best shape possible.
Reduce Your Risk of Heart Disease
Be A Heart Hero
Read our Heart Hero Handbook for detailed diet and exercise guidelines, and discover how to help make your community or workplace heart friendly.
More than a third of adults experience cardiovascular disease, the leading cause of death in the United States. Lower your risk of the condition and help prevent a heart attack or stroke by:
- Exercising – Set a goal of participating in 150 minutes of moderate physical activity each week. Work out for free at a Genesis Healthbeat outdoor fitness circuit with resistance exercise stations at several parks in the Quad Cities area. If you’re living with a heart condition, cardiopulmonary rehabilitation will help you get fit safely.
- Eating healthfully – Make your meals center on vegetables, fruits, whole grains and lean meats, such as fish. Minimize salt and sugar in your diet. Genesis makes it easier for you to choose nutritious foods.
- Maintaining a healthy weight – Extra weight increases your risk of high blood pressure and high cholesterol, which can damage your heart. Learn how to lose extra pounds and get guidance from the Genesis Center for Weight Management.
- Quitting smoking – Stopping smoking improves your health almost immediately and drops your risk of heart disease to that of non-smokers in just a few years. Find assistance with Genesis’ personalized tobacco cessation program.
- Getting screened – Blood pressure checks, lipid profiles and other cardiovascular screenings at Genesis Heart Institute help identify health concerns before they become more serious.
Women & Heart Disease
Men and women face some of the same cardiovascular disease risk factors, including high cholesterol, high blood pressure and obesity. But factors such as diabetes, smoking, stress and depression affect women more strongly. Women’s risk of vascular disease also rises as estrogen levels drop after menopause. Learn more about heart disease in women and preventing heart and vascular conditions.
Heart Support & Wellness
If you live with heart disease or heart failure, find a partner in managing the condition with heart support and wellness services. We’ll help you enjoy a longer, more active life.
Patient Education Materials