My unique heart healthy habits
Thursday, February 26, 2015
As the famous saying goes, “laughter is the best medicine.” I couldn’t agree more. As a cardiologist, I am health conscious, with special attention on the heart. I believe humor and laughter can benefit the heart more than we know.
With each year, I worry less and less about insignificant things and focus my attention on how to make life more relaxed and enjoyable. If you are a patient of mine, you know I like to inject laughter into any office visit.
Along with humor, I also punctuate my life with other healthy habits. I enjoy biking on an indoor stationary bike. I prefer indoor biking since, as my wife says, I get easily distracted by my surroundings. My stationary bike allows me to read a book or “binge-watch” my favorite TV shows while working out.
I grew up with a father who grew all the food we ate in his garden. In turn, sensible and healthy eating has been a huge importance for me. Ever since I was a young boy, I have appreciated a salad packed with all sorts of colorful vegetables.
In addition to sensible meals and exercise, I relish an evening spent listening to contemporary jazz and enjoying a glass of red wine. It’s true; music and red wine are good for your heart. The flavonoids and other antioxidants play a part in reducing heart disease risk. Of course, alcohol should always be consumed in moderation.
How do you stay heart healthy? Let me know by leaving a comment.
Francis G. Wolf, MD, FACC, is a Aurora BayCare cardiologist whose fulltime practice is in Two Rivers, Wisconsin. He also sees patients in Valders, Wisconsin. Dr. Wolf's special interests include congestive heart failure, coronary CT angiography, heart disease in women, risk factor and lifestyle modification, and heart disease in an aging population.