3 things to watch to keep your heart healthy

In honor of American Heart Month, Dr. Jennifer Ashton talks about a new technique to take care of your heart -- knowing your three S's, sleep, stress and social interaction.
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Now we have a health alert. Listen to the stunning more than 2,000 people in the U.S. Die every day -- every day, as a result of heart disease. Many of them are women so we're launching a new series called love Dr. Jennifer Ashton here. Love your heart. Thank you. I love how you're always educating us, and you have been very good about saying, no, your blood pressure. Know your cholesterol, but what you are saying put that is all into perspective today. The American heart association has been so strong with that messaging, reminding people it's the number one killer of women and men. I want to introduce you, robin to the three Ss. What's the first one? The first one is poor sleep. Oh yeah. Now we talk about sleep a lot. You have heard me say it before. Sleep has a P.R. Problem. It's a medical necessity. If you do not get at least an average of seven hours a night, it can directly increase your triglycerides, cholesterol and blood pressure. This one we can relate to as well. I say address your stress. Again, this is a big one. Who doesn't have stress? Some stress can be positive, but if it is not positive and you don't address it, it will deal with you. Also indirectly increasing clogged arteries and then bad habits, robin. When we're stressed, we're less likely to be active, physically fit and do all the things we know are good for our heart. I'm glad you're talking about this. This is real. This is real -- This is definitely real. And the last S, robin -- Last one. Social isolation. Poor social connectivity, being lonely, not having a good friend group. Absolutely increases the risk of all mortality. Your friend is making noises. This is my friend, how I reduce stress. This is my mason the morkie, and again, American heart association, we have talked about it before. They're doing a pet initiative because people who have pets, not just dogs like mason, but people with pets, more likely to be active. It lowers their stress, and for me, you know, not to paint myself as an isolated person, but this is my friend group. Because you're an empty nester now. I am an empty nester. The point here is that you can have all of these things. The key is dealing with them. You want if to take the first one, poor sleep, you know, we're working on this show, you have to prioritize your sleep and address the sleep environment. Keep it cold, dark and quiet. When you talk about stress, really important, I love meditation. I know you're a big fan of meditation. Also exercise lowers stress, and learn to say no. We're just in the habit of yes, yes, yes all the time, and social connectivity. Work out with a buddy. Set a coffee date, get a pet and this one is taken. When you say about it, we say yes too often. I say this, no is a complete sentence. No is a complete sentence. I love that.

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