American Heart Month Tips with Dr. Christopher Haas


Hello, I am Dr. Christopher Haas, Chairman of Internal Medicine and Chief of Cardiology at Western Maryland Health System. February is American Heart Month,  and I’d like to talk to you about some keys to maintaining a Healthy Heart, including a low sodium diet, exercise, and maintaining your blood pressure in a healthy range.

If you have had a heart attack or stroke, or if you have diabetes or chronic kidney disease, your blood pressure should be less than 130/80 most of the time. If you do not have these medical conditions, your blood pressure should be less than 140/90 most of the time. Please consult with your doctor if your blood pressure is not within the acceptable range.

Also remember, diet and exercise are important for the treatment and prevention of high blood pressure.  For most patients with high blood pressure, it is very important that your diet is low in Sodium, defined as less than 2 grams a day , which is the same as 2000 mg. Also, everyone should try to exercise at a moderate level for 40 minutes, 3 days a week.

Your doctor can help you choose the right exercises, and be sure to consult with your doctor before starting any exercise program or making changes to your diet.

Thanks for listening, and let’s make American Heart Month your first step on the way to a Heart Healthy Lifetime.