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Thursday, 22 January 2015 21:19 Written by MIguel Velazquez
Lisa Tanker-Potts

Exercising for a Healthy Heart

Though many of us work out to look sculpted and tone, an even better motivator is what regular exercise and healthy eating does for your heart. Our heart is a very important muscle that is central to us living a healthy life. Heart health should be a high priority for us all, but unfortunately, heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States.

The good news is that one-third of deaths from heart disease and strokes are preventable. Here are some steps you can take to protect yourself:

001Exercise. Physical activity of moderate intensity for at least two hours and 30 minutes a week can help you maintain a healthy weight, a lower cholesterol and lower blood pressure.

Eat healthy. Choosing healthy meals and snack options can help you avoid heart disease. Be sure to eat plenty of whole, fresh fruits and vegetables. Avoid processed and fried foods, and limit sodium.

Avoid smoking. Smoking cigarettes significantly increases your risk of heart disease. If you smoke, work on weaning yourself off. Your heart will appreciate you!

By exercising and eating healthy, you will position yourself to maintain a healthy weight, which can also lower your risk of heart disease. The beautiful thing is that exercising regularly and eating healthy help you get a better body! So the next time you are at the gym, get in a great workout and think about all the wonderful things your workout is doing for your heart.


Lifestyle and Fitness Expert

Lisa Tanker-Potts is the owner of Boutique Body Fitness Studio located in the Grant Park District of Atlanta. Lisa is considered the guru of fitness for women seeking to enhance their lives through fitness and has helped thousands of women achieve healthy lifestyles and get the physique of their dreams.

Lisa's trademark is her positive attitude, warm energy and her expertise in training women of all ages. Lisa's upbeat spirit and ability to make every client feel exclusive has quickly propelled her to be a top sought after fitness trainer, speaker and lifestyle expert.

After earning a Master of Business and Master of Health Administration and working eight years in pharmaceutical sales industry, Lisa decided to become a fitness trainer and follow her passion for helping women get fit and healthy.

BeforeAndAfterLisa has been a regular guest on CBS Better Mornings Atlanta, on The Dana Barrett Show Biz 1190 AM, the Jennifer Keitt 104.1 FM Show and on the Atlanta Journal-Constitution's lifestyle blog. Lisa has also been a featured speaker at the BGR National Convention, Transforming Women Entrepreneurs Conference and the Jennifer Keitt Empowerment Conference.


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Tuesday, 29 January 2013 19:38 Written by
Cardiologists Khalid Shash, M.D., Utpal Pandya, M.D. (chief of cardiology), and Ali Rahimi, M.D.

Helping Heart Patients Thrive

February is Heart Month, but Kaiser Permanente of Georgia's team of board-certified cardiologists spends each day helping patients with heart conditions thrive.

With labs equipped with state-of-the-art tools for stress testing, imaging and heart monitoring, Kaiser Permanente offers a full line of cardiovascular care at several metro Atlanta locations. Outpatient vascular procedures are also performed on-site.

The latest addition to Kaiser Permanente's cardiology services is the Heart Failure Clinic at its Southwood Medical Center. In a single appointment, patients with severely weakened hearts meet one-on-one with a cardiologist, clinical pharmacist and nutritionist to discuss their heart health. As a proactive measure, patients are also screened for depression. The goal is to provide a coordinated approach to care and allow patients to partner with their health care team to create a comprehensive treatment plan.

Roughly 5.7 million people in the United States are living with heart failure, which occurs when the heart cannot pump enough blood to other organs. Coronary heart disease, high blood pressure and diabetes are the leading causes of heart failure. Risk factors include smoking, excess weight, a sedentary lifestyle and a diet high in fat, cholesterol and sodium.

To keep your heart healthy, Kaiser Permanente's cardiology team offers the following tips:

Get your heart pumping—Exercise for 150 minutes each week or 30 minutes on most days. Brisk walking, cycling and swimming are especially good for the heart. If you have a heart condition, check with your doctor before starting a new exercise regimen.

Maintain a healthy weight—Lowering your weight by just 10 percent can make difference in your heart's health.

De-stress your life—Stress, anger, anxiety and depression may keep your blood pressure high and increase your risk for heart attack, stroke and other illnesses.

Monitor your cholesterol and blood pressure—Too much cholesterol can block your blood vessels and cause chest pain, a heart attack or a stroke. High blood pressure (hypertension) is a leading cause of heart disease, and some people do not experience symptoms.

Kaiser Permanente of Georgia is the state’s largest not-for-profit health plan with 28 medical offices in the metro Atlanta area.

Kaiser Permanente of Georgia