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HEART HEALTH: New Year's resolutions

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Have you made your News Year's resolution? Some of you have. And, many more of you will. It could impact your heart.

Matt Breen, Reporting, "Dr. Artang now after the new year many people have thought for healthy new year resolutions such losing weight and stop smoking. What are your thoughts on that?" Dr. Ramin Artang, Mercy Cardiology says, "Well let's start with losing weight. Dieting does not mean being hungry all the time, and any in order to stay healthy the diet needs to be something the person can live with, it is changing to more healthy habits rather than being on a diet all the time. To start with simple actions such paying attention to how much soda or juice you are having and by replacing that with water you will see immediate 3-5 lbs. of weight loss. Now there are so many diets out there that you can peak and choose but the primary thing in most of them is small portions, reducing the carbohydrate like bread, rice and potato, increasing fruit and vegetables. Except for banana and grapes."

Matt Breen, Reporting, "What is wrong with the banana and grape?" Dr. Ramin Artang, Mercy Cardiology says, "There is nothing wrong with them and a small portion of each is fine too, but they are high calorie items of the nature so too much of that is gonna make you gain weight. As compared to apples, orange and all other fruits. This goes for kids and adults."

Matt Breen, Reporting, "What about exercise?" Dr. Ramin Artang, Mercy Cardiology says, "At a minimum, 3 times a week of 45 to 60 minutes in any age group. What ever that can get your heart rate up and make you sweet a little bit. Now that is just to move a little bit. If you want to loose weight you need a lot more than that. It needs to be every day and more intense. We should probably dedicate a complete program for that."

Matt Breen, Reporting, "Lets go to the big elephant in the room. What is the best way to stop smoking?" Dr. Ramin Artang, Mercy Cardiology says, "The most important component is the will power, and the decision that is made by the person rather than pushed from your doctor or family. Once the decision is made then there are other remedies that can help, like: decision and will power, nicotine replacement to avoid nicotine withdrawal symptoms. Keep the hands and mouth occupied. You can use chewing gum, licorice and lately e-cigarettes. In the beginning avoid alcohol and coffee that usually is associated with smoking. Tell your family and friends about your decision so they don't offer you a cigarette. Finally, start exercising."

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