Summer means eating
From the perspective of a cardiologist, summer is one of the times when people consume some of the most unhealthy foods for their heart. As people start to head for the beach or the neighborhood barbecue, it is important to remember that consuming vast amounts of smoked, barbecued or otherwise cured meats makes an impact on one's heart.
Anytime there is a lot of fatty food, red meat or other foods that impact the heart, increase blood pressure or affect cholesterol levels, it is a source of concern for a cardiologist. One of the questions that patients often ask is how they can eat and enjoy the summer months without having a negative impact on their heart. The first answer is that it is not as easy to do so because of all the fatty foods that float around during the summer.
However, with a little bit of care, and moderation, a person can easily help to offset the quantities of unhealthy foods. For example, eating a side salad can go a long way toward reducing the need to eat a large bacon burger.
Exercise always helps
One of the best things that a person can do for their heart it is to exercise on a regular basis. Many patients wonder that if they are trying to maximize the effects of exercise, should they be exercising before or after they eat. Any good cardiologist will tell their patients that any exercise is good exercise and that there are drawbacks and benefits to exercising before or after a meal.
One of the most important things to remember when eating before exercise is that timing is of critical importance. If a person chooses to exercise too soon after eating they run the risk of having shortness of breath, indigestion, possible angina, or even heart symptoms that could cause them to want to visit the cardiologist.
The body is working hard to push the food through the digestive tract after eating, which means it is important to allow the body sufficient time to digest a meal. This means that a person who wants to exercise after a meal should wait between 30 and 45 minutes after a snack or light meal and at least 60 minutes after the completion of a full meal.
Never risk it
If a person feels like they are having issues with their heart, even if it is minor angina pain, it is highly recommended that they seek out the services of a cardiologist as soon as possible. Summer is the time for fun, and often people will put off visiting the cardiologist because they think that they are simply having a minor issue.
Shortness of breath, numbness, or any one of a number of symptoms are an indication that your heart is having difficulty and could possibly be in trouble. We recommend that you give us a call immediately if you or a loved one are experiencing any symptoms. After an examination, we will give a clean bill of health or help you deal with any issues that may be present.