100+ tips to improve your heart health in an easy-to-read, accessible guide with all of the advice you’re looking for, without the confusing medical jargon.
Your heart is the center of your body—treat it right! Understanding how your heart works and what you can do to keep it healthy is the key to preventing disease and illness.
In Healthy Habits for Your Heart, you’ll find over 100 heart-related habits, exercises, and strategies you can implement in your daily life to improve your heart health now and for years to come—all presented in a practical and easy-to-read format. Including information on how your heart works, what kind of dangers could threaten its health, and how you can make small changes every day to safeguard your heart’s health, Healthy Habits for Your Heart, will help you take your heart’s health into your own hands. Just turn the page to keep your ticker happy and strong.
About the Author
Dr. Monique Tello is a practicing primary care physician at Massachusetts General Hospital, an instructor at Harvard Medical School, and a published clinical researcher. She is originally from the Boston area, and graduated from Brown University and the University of Vermont College of Medicine. She completed a combined internal medicine and pediatrics residency training program at Yale/New Haven Hospital. After residency, she earned a Master’s in Public Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and completed a Fellowship in General Internal Medicine at Johns Hopkins Hospital. While living in Baltimore, she met her husband, local sports broadcaster Bob Socci, and they relocated to Massachusetts over a decade ago. They have two young children. Throughout training and beyond, Monique has been active in international health, volunteering at and supporting clinics in Central and South America, as well as participating in several disaster missions. She is a regular contributor for the Harvard Health Blog, reporting on clinical research, with a focus on diet and lifestyle studies. She also writes for MothersinMedicine.com and her own blog, GenerallyMedicine. She has written chapters for the books The Real Life of an Internist and Mothers in Medicine.
Table of Contents
Part 1 Heart and Habit Basics 9
Chapter 1 Heart Science 11
Chapter 2 Your Heart is in Your Hands 41
Chapter 3 How to Change Your Habits 65
Part 2 Habits for Heart Health 79
Chapter 4 Change Your Life: Foundational Habits 81
Chapter 5 Eat for Your Life: Nutrition Habits 115
Chapter 6 Lose Weight for Good: Healthy Weight Loss Habits 151
Chapter 7 Run (Walk, Dance, Garden…) for Your Life: Activity Habits 189
Chapter 8 Addressing Heart-Harmful Habits 205
Appendix A Recipes 229
Appendix B References 251
Appendix C US/Metric Conversion Chart 265