February is National Heart Month!

by | Feb 17, 2016 | Health & News

Did you know that the No. 1 cause of death for women in the United States is heart disease?  Yes, According to the American Heart Association, heart disease is no longer a “man’s disease” – it affects women too!  In fact, heart disease accounts for one in every four deaths in the United States today.

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Tell me some good news… The good news is that most heart disease is preventable. Although there are risk factors that we cannot control like our family history, our age and gender, there are many factors that we can control.


So, what can we control? Our lifestyle choices!

We can choose to quit smoking, increase our activity level, maintain a desirable body weight, and pay more attention to what we’re eating. Heart-healthy eating is more attainable than you might think.

Here are some simple tips to help get you and your family started on eating “heart healthy”!


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  • Weigh in once a week. Keeping your weight in check is a cornerstone to maintaining a healthy heart. Portion control and moderation are always key.  Try not to deprive yourself in your diet but find healthier alternatives.  Rather than potato chips and onion dip, choose carrots and celery sticks with a savory hummus.  See the delicious recipe that I added at end of this blog.


  • Go easy on the salt — Countless research shows that eating too much sodium is linked to high blood pressure, so look for other ways to season your foods. Spices, fresh herbs, lemon or orange juice, and onions are some of my favorites both when cooking and at the table.
cooking with spices, instead of salt, help reduce heart disease and make food taste amazing, tips from Dr Hoppe, encinitas obgyn, on heart disease.

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  • Choose healthy cooking methods — Skip the added fat called for in packaged rice and pasta mixes and season with fresh herbs and spices instead of oil and salt. Marinating in citrus juices will reduce using high-fat sauces. Grilling and broiling will reduce the fat without sacrificing taste and texture.

Here is a link below to make the best hummus ever.  I’ve made it myself and I must say it’s even better than store bought!



Dr Diana Hoppe OBGYN in encinitas, CA. signature- hormones, menopause, weight loss, pap smear, total women's health care