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Living Strong with a Weak Heart - Cardiac Rehab

It’s the part of our diet many of us overlook, but Michelle Sorokoty, a heart failure clinical coordinator with Lee Health, says salt is a risky ingredient that can be found in many meals. “Processed foods are high in salt and fast foods. I don’t think people realize how easy it is to go over on salt every day. We generally recommend 2000 milligrams daily.”One reason is heart disease becomes a concern as we age. “Just like every other muscle and organ in your body, everything ages. If you have uncontrolled high blood pressure or if you smoke or just generally lead a lifestyle that’s unhealthy, it makes your heart work that much harder,” said Sorokoty.Patients with high blood pressure, a history of heart disease, or a history of heart failure are already at a higher risk for heart disease, which is why experts recommend limiting things like salt and increasing physical activity.“A lot of patients don’t realize how their lifestyle is contributing to the possibility of heart disease down the road,” said Nicole Charles, a nurse practitioner with Lee Health.It’s also important patients monitor their cholesterol. “When you have high bad cholesterol that is what specifically deposits into your arteries and that can lead to heart disease,” said Charles.Also, when it comes to medication, patients need to know what they are taking and why. “Try to be as active as you can, watch your salt, watch your fluids, take your medication, and follow up with your physician,” said Sorokoty.All can help patients maintain a strong heart and a healthy life.View More Health Matters video segments at LeeHealth.org/Healthmatters/Lee Health in Fort Myers, FL is the largest network of health care facilities in Southwest Florida and is highly respected for its expertise, innovation and quality of care. For more than 100 years, we’ve been providing our community with personalized preventative health services and primary care to highly specialized care services and robotic assisted surgeries. Lee Health - Caring People. Inspiring Care.Visit LeeHealth.org