As February is American Heart Month, it’s a good time to reflect on our heart health and find ways to become healthier. Living with rare disease and chronic illness can feel daunting and overwhelming. One of the most effective ways to manage the underlying symptoms of said conditions is by keeping our overall health in check. 

Heart-Healthy Tip #1: Do exercise right for you 

We’ve all had our doctors ask us to regularly exercise. As easy as that sounds, putting it into practice can be a bit more complicated for those with rare or chronic diseases. Finding exercises that work for you and practicing regularly does the trick! For example, if you have joint pain, look for low impact exercises like yoga or swimming.

Heart-Healthy Tip #2: Reduce Stress

Taking care of loved ones can be stressful especially when there are extra health concerns. This stress can cause strain on the heart, increasing the chances of a heart attack. Make sure you take care of yourself daily to decrease your stress levels. Meditating for 10 minutes a day has been shown to regulate the nervous system and ease strain on the heart.

Living with chronic illness can be a lot to handle, managing your heart health is one easy way to mitigate risk factors and work with your body.