My unique heart healthy habits

Thursday, February 26, 2015

By: Dr. Francis G. Wolf


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.

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