Life is Why®

Life is Why®

A healthier heart means a healthier you. Learn more about your risk factors for heart and cardiovascular disease, and take action with simple tips to improve your heart health.


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Small changes to your lifestyle and even your diet can have positive impacts on your heart and your health. Talking with your ThedaCare primary care doctor about your heart concerns is a great place to start your journey to a heart healthy life. Your doctor will help you work out a plan of action with steps you can take to reduce your specific heart disease risk factors.

We proudly support the American Heart Association.


1. MANAGE BLOOD PRESSURE
High Blood Pressure is a major risk factor for Heart Disease and Stroke. When your Blood Pressure stays within healthy ranges, you reduce the strain on your heart, arteries and kidneys, which keeps you healthier longer.
LEARN HOW TO MANAGE YOUR BLOOD PRESSURE

2. CONTROL CHOLESTEROL
High Cholesterol contributes to plaque, which can clog Arteries and lead to Heart Disease and Stroke. When you control your Cholesterol, you are giving your arteries their best chance to remain clear of blockages.
LEARN HOW TO CONTROL YOUR CHOLESTEROL

3. REDUCE BLOOD SUGAR
Most of the food we eat is turned into glucose (or blood sugar) that our bodies use for energy. Over time, high levels of Blood Sugar can damage your heart, kidneys, eyes and nerves.
LEARN HOW TO REDUCE YOUR BLOOD SUGAR

4. GET ACTIVE
Living an active life is one of the most rewarding gifts you can give yourself and those you love. Simply put, daily physical activity increases your length and quality of life.
LEARN HOW TO GET ACTIVE

5. EAT BETTER
A healthy diet is one of your best weapons for fighting Cardiovascular Disease. When you eat a heart-healthy diet, you improve your chances for feeling good and staying healthy - for life!
LEARN HOW TO EAT BETTER

6. LOSE WEIGHT
When you shed extra fat and unnecessary pounds, you reduce the burden on your heart, lungs, blood vessels and skeleton. You give yourself the gift of active living, you lower your Blood Pressure and you help yourself feel better, too.
LEARN HOW TO LOSE WEIGHT

7. STOP SMOKING
Cigarette smokers have a higher risk of developing Cardiovascular Disease. If you smoke, quitting is the best thing you can do for your health.
LEARN HOW TO STOP SMOKING