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Heartful Living

By |2024-05-10T08:16:50-04:00January 14th, 2020|Categories: Cardiology, Health A-Z|Tags: , |

Lifestyle changes go a long way to reducing your risk for heart disease, heart attack, and stroke. Here’s how the women of CentraState’s Cardiac Services stay mindful about their heart health:

Before eating, I ask: Is this food going to be my medicine, or is this going to cause me to take medicine? This helps me make better choices.”
Mary Jane Saada, BSN, RN, CCRP

“Trying to achieve the recommended 150 minutes of exercise weekly can seem daunting. I like to change with the seasons and take advantage of activities such as bike riding and swimming in warm weather or brisk walking in the cooler months. Activities should be fun and enjoyable, not a chore.”
Marcia Schaefer-Noto, MSN, RN, NE-BC

I take a laugh break! Laughter is linked to the healthy function of blood vessels, which promotes heart health by increasing blood flow. A funny show, snuggling with my husband and kitten, and the stress of the day is washed away!”
Tricia Marceante, APN-C

“Find healthy ways to handle stress by practicing positive self-talk. Turn negative thoughts, like ‘I can’t do this’ into ‘I can handle this’.”
Michelle Mahler, BSN, RN-BC

“I try to keep good-for-you foods like cherry tomatoes or blueberries washed and ready to eat in a bowl right at the front of my refrigerator. That will enhance my chances of eating something heart-healthy as a snack!”
Caryn Alter, MS, RD, FAND

Schedule your heart health checkup at the Gloria Saker Women’s Heart Program at 732.637.6366 or

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