Heart Month Q & A

Jul 19, 2020

Welcome to CHI St. Luke’s Health - Performance Medicine's Heart Month Q & A! In this comprehensive guide, we'll provide detailed answers to the most frequently asked questions about heart health and care. Our team of experts at CHI St. Luke’s Health - Performance Medicine has prepared this resource to help you stay informed and take better care of your heart. Let's dive right in!

Why is Heart Month Important?

Heart Month is dedicated to raising awareness about cardiovascular health and promoting healthy lifestyle choices to prevent heart disease. It serves as a reminder for individuals to take proactive steps in maintaining a strong and healthy heart.

The Importance of Regular Heart Check-ups

Regular check-ups are crucial for maintaining cardiovascular health. Visiting your healthcare provider for routine heart assessments allows for early detection and intervention, reducing the risk of heart disease. At CHI St. Luke’s Health - Performance Medicine, our experienced cardiologists perform comprehensive heart evaluations, including:

  • Electrocardiogram (ECG/EKG)
  • Echocardiogram
  • Stress Echocardiogram
  • Cardiac MRI
  • Coronary Angiography
  • And more!

Common Heart Health Concerns

1. High Blood Pressure

High blood pressure, also known as hypertension, is a prevalent risk factor for heart disease. It's important to monitor your blood pressure regularly and follow medical advice to manage it effectively. Lifestyle modifications, such as a healthy diet, regular exercise, and stress reduction techniques, can significantly impact blood pressure levels.

2. High Cholesterol

Elevated cholesterol levels can increase the risk of heart disease. Making dietary adjustments, exercising regularly, and taking prescribed medications, when necessary, can help maintain healthy cholesterol levels and reduce the risk of heart-related problems.

3. Obesity

Obesity is strongly linked to heart disease and other chronic conditions. Implementing a well-balanced diet, engaging in regular physical activity, and seeking professional guidance from our experts at CHI St. Luke’s Health - Performance Medicine can assist in managing and preventing obesity-related health issues.

How to Promote Heart Health

Improving and maintaining heart health requires adopting a holistic approach. Here are some valuable tips from our team:

1. Eat a Heart-Healthy Diet

Aim for a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean protein, and healthy fats. Limit processed foods, saturated fats, and refined sugars. This will provide essential nutrients while reducing the risk of heart disease.

2. Stay Physically Active

Engage in regular exercise, such as brisk walking, cycling, or swimming, for at least 150 minutes per week. Regular physical activity strengthens the heart, improves circulation, and promotes overall cardiovascular health.

3. Manage Stress Levels

Prolonged stress can negatively impact heart health. Incorporate stress management techniques like deep breathing exercises, meditation, or engaging in hobbies to promote relaxation and overall wellbeing.

4. Quit Smoking

Smoking is a major risk factor for heart disease. Seek support and guidance to quit smoking for good, and experience significant improvements in heart health and overall quality of life.

When to Seek Medical Help?

If you experience any concerning symptoms, don't hesitate to seek medical help. Some common warning signs of heart disease include:

  • Chest pain or discomfort
  • Shortness of breath
  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Dizziness or fainting
  • Swelling in the legs, ankles, or feet
  • Extreme fatigue

It's essential not to ignore these symptoms, as they could indicate an underlying heart condition that requires prompt medical attention.


Thank you for exploring our Heart Month Q & A. We hope this comprehensive guide has provided you with valuable insights into heart health and care. At CHI St. Luke’s Health - Performance Medicine, we are committed to your wellbeing and are here to support you on your journey to a healthy heart. For more information or to schedule a heart check-up, contact our expert team today. Stay heart-healthy!

Leighton Cooper
Thanks for addressing common questions about heart health so thoroughly.
Oct 26, 2023
David Michaels
Great resource for learning about heart health and care! Very informative and helpful.
Oct 5, 2023
James Garnett
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Sep 21, 2023
Jackie Cruz
This Q & A is a great step towards promoting heart wellness.
Jun 20, 2023
Danielle Kirgan
Reading this has motivated me to prioritize my heart health.
May 4, 2023
Randy Wilson
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Mar 19, 2023
Anna Skeete
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Mar 9, 2023
Valentine Eluwasi
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Dec 29, 2022
Sean Owens
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Dec 14, 2022
Jessica Iyer
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Aug 31, 2022
Tim Donegan
Heart health is so important, and this guide covers everything.
Aug 18, 2022
Constantino Mendoza
I appreciate the expertise shared in this Q & A guide.
Jul 23, 2022
David Beule
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Mar 24, 2022
Lauren Shapiro
I will refer back to this guide for ongoing heart care.
Jan 19, 2022
Amy Brown
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Jan 3, 2022
Dustin Mobley
Informative content like this is invaluable for raising awareness about heart health.
Nov 15, 2021
Colin Thomas
Great resource for learning more about heart care.
Nov 9, 2021
Mitchel Fern
I've learned a lot from this comprehensive Q & A guide.
Nov 1, 2021
Rogelio Cave
Clear and informative, thank you for sharing.
Oct 25, 2021
Amanda Mona
Well done on providing such a useful resource for heart health awareness.
Oct 2, 2021
Jeffrey Flammer
Thank you to the experts at CHI St. Luke’s Health - Performance Medicine for putting this together.
Aug 10, 2021
Didier Mercadier
I'm encouraged to take proactive steps towards better heart health after reading this.
Jul 31, 2021
Juan Cadena
Thanks for providing this valuable information on heart health!
Dec 12, 2020
Kristen Zimmer
👍 Great work on creating such a comprehensive guide!
Oct 23, 2020
Rodney Laney
The tips and insights here are going to make a positive impact on my heart health routine.
Oct 4, 2020
Chris Jacks
This answers all the questions I had about heart care.
Jul 21, 2020