February is Heart month and a good time to check in on how you are looking after yourself.
Heart disease is the biggest killer of Australians but it can mostly be prevented by choosing a healthy lifestyle.
There’s no one cause but there is a range of risk factors. The more you have, the bigger your risk is of a heart attack or stroke.
There are a few things you can’t do much about:
- Age: As you get older, your risk increases.
- Gender: Men are at higher risk. Women’s risk grows after menopause.
- Ethnic background: People of some origins have higher risk.
- Family history: If someone in your family has had a heart attack, have a chat to your GP.
The good news is that most heart disease risk factors can be changed, and there’s plenty you can do about it! The best way to look after your heart is with a healthy lifestyle:
- Be smoke-free
- Manage your blood cholesterol
- Manage your blood pressure
- Manage diabetes
- Be physically active
- Look after your mental health
- Achieve and maintain a healthy weight
- Enjoy a variety of nutritious foods
- Try simple dietary changes
- Eat less salt
- Replace unhealthy fats with healthy fats
- Limit alcohol
You might not be aware that you have risk factors. So it’s a good idea to make an appointment with your GP at Kyneton Medical Centre to get a heart health check.
In the meantime check out foodie tips from the Heart Foundation. Here’s a healthy recipe to get you cracking.
BROCCOLI FRITATTAS IN 20 MINUTES
- Preheat oven to 180°C and grease four large muffin tins with cooking spray. Line the bases with some baking paper
- Steam, microwave or boil broccoli until tender; drain and cool slightly
- Spray a non-stick pan with cooking spray and sauté onions over medium heat for two minutes
- Mix eggs, chilli flakes and grated cheese together. Stir through onions and cooled broccoli
- Spoon frittata mixture evenly between the muffin tins and bake for 30 minutes, or until set and golden on top
- Stand in the tin for five minutes before removing
- Serve warm with a fresh tossed salad.