American Heart Month

Did you know that heart disease is one of the leading causes of death for men and women in the United States? According to the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about 600,000 people die of heart disease in the U.S. That is equivalent to 1 in every 4 deaths. Fortunately, heart disease can be prevented when people choose to live healthy and manage their health conditions.

American Hearth Month

During the month of February, Americans celebrate American Heart Month to raise awareness about heart disease and how people can prevent it. It is also the perfect time to show yourself and your loved ones some love and care by learning and spreading the word about the different ways for preventing heart disease. One of which is watching what you eat. The food that we eat can have a huge effect on our heart’s health and increase our risk for having a heart disease, but changing our eating habits is a great way to kick-start our way toward a heart-healthy diet.

Here are some examples of heart-healthy food:

1. Vegetables and Fruits

Vegetables and fruits are loaded with vitamins and minerals that are needed by our body. They contain low calories and are rich in dietary fiber. They also contain substances found in plants that may help in preventing cardiovascular disease. Adding vegetables and fruits in your diet can help you get the vitamins and minerals that you need as well as keep your heart healthy.

2. Whole grains

Whole grains are excellent sources of fiber and other nutrients that are essential in regulating blood pressure and heart health. Examples of grain products that you can add to your diet are whole-wheat flour, whole-grain bread, high-fiber cereal, brown rice, barley, and ground flaxseed.

3. Low-fat Protein

A good source of low-fat protein and also a good substitute to high-fat meats is fish. Certain types of fish are rich in omega-3 fatty acids, which helps in lowering blood fats known as triglycerides. Beans, peas, and lentils are also excellent sources of protein and contain less fat and no cholesterol, making them good alternatives for meat. Lean meat, poultry, skim milk, low-fat dairy products, soybeans and soy products, and egg whites are also some of your best options for lower fat.

About The Author

Stuart H. Agren, M.D.

Stuart H. Agren, M.D. completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Utah and went on to earn his Doctor of Medicine from Tulane University School of Medicine in 1974. He completed additional training at L.D.S. Hospital in Salt Lake City, Utah and then established his private medical practice starting in 1975. Dr. Agren completed a mini-residency in Industrial Medicine at the Robert Johnson School of Medicine at Rutgers University and also completed training to become a certified Medical Review Officer.

Dr. Agren was the Medical Director at TRW and McDonnell Douglas in Mesa, Arizona and at Stauffer Chemical and Kennecott Copper in Salt Lake City, Utah. He also served as an adjunct faculty member at Arizona State University.

In his private medical practice, Dr. Agren specialized in family practice and allergy. In his work as a private practice allergist, he was one of the first doctors in the country to prescribe sublingual immunotherapy to his patients as an alternative to subcutaneous immunotherapy (allergy shots). He has also been a trailblazer in the field of food allergy treatment and research, developing a program to treat multiple food allergies simultaneously using sublingual immunotherapy. Dr. Agren has been featured on local CBS, NBC, and ABC news affiliates and won the peer-nominated “Top Doc” award from Phoenix Magazine.

After 20 years in private practice, Dr. Agren became the Founder and President of AllergyEasy, which helps primary care physicians around the country offer allergy testing and sublingual immunotherapy treatment to their patients. Over 200 physicians in over 32 states use the AllergyEasy program to help their patients overcome environmental and food allergies and asthma.