As the first “shelter-in-place” orders went into effect in March of this year, the American Heart Association (AHA) intensified its campaign to educate U.S. adults about their ability to control risk factors for heart disease, heart attacks and stroke.
Even before the pandemic, the AHA called it Life’s Simple 7 plan. It covers the seven key areas of prevention: Managing blood pressure, controlling cholesterol, reducing blood sugar, exercising regularly, healthy eating, weight management and not smoking.
Heart healthy eating is a big focus of heart disease management and prevention, explain Theodore Feldman, M.D., medical director of prevention and community health at Miami Cardiac & Vascular Institute, and Lucette Talamas, a registered dietitian with Community Heath at Baptist Health South Florida. Dr. Feldman and Ms. Talamas were recently featured in a Miami Cardiac & Vascular Institute webcast, “Ask the Heart Doctor: Heart Healthy Eating.”