Healthy Hearts are My Passion

Tenecia Allen, M.D., WellStar Cardiologist

“I always knew I wanted to be a doctor. My mom was a nurse, so she exposed me to health care from an early age. In medical school, I fell in love with the heart.”

If you want to be proactive about your heart health but don’t have a cardiologist, I recommend the Know Your Heart screening program at WellStar Vinings Health Park. Heart disease is the No. 1 cause of death for both men and women. This screening program empowers patients and provides valuable information. To schedule, call 770.956.STAR (7827).

Tips to lower your risk for heart disease

  1. 1. Maintain a healthy weight. Obesity is a leading risk factor for heart disease, stroke and many other conditions.
  2. 2. Eat a heart-healthy diet. Include healthy fats, like avocados and almonds, vegetables and limit red meat.   
  3. 3. Aim for 150 minutes of aerobic exercise per week. Hike nearby trails on the Chattahoochee while getting exercise and bonus stress relief.   
  4. 4. Reduce stress. Consider deep breathing, spirituality or exercise.   
  5. 5. Stop smoking. It is the most reversible cause of heart disease.
  6. 6. Take all medications as prescribed for your hypertension, diabetes and cholesterol.
  7. 7. Look for apps, support groups and, most importantly, see your doctor. 
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WellStar Medical Group Cardiovascular Medicine, WellStar Vinings Health Park, 4441 Atlanta Road SE, Smyrna, GA 30080. 470.956.9480 and WellStar.org