Adventist Health Portland | Living Well | Spring 2024 13 On the scale: Metabolism may start to slow in your 40s. Try to avoid putting on extra pounds by eating a heart-healthy diet and staying active. At checkups: Ask your provider about what screenings you need and how often you need them, based on your health and family history. Blood pressure and blood sugar screenings are typical. On the pillow: If you or your partner snores or pauses breathing during sleep (sleep apnea), talk with your provider. These conditions can raise your heart risks. At home: More than ever, try to double down on choosing a healthy diet, getting plenty of exercise and watching your weight, Dr. Nguyen says. Address any health issues as they crop up. At checkups: Track your numbers and ask your provider about screenings for heart and peripheral artery disease. Keep a list of anything that seems amiss so you and your provider can go over your concerns. In your memory: Review the warning signs of a heart attack and stroke, keeping in mind they can vary between men and women. Don’t delay getting emergency care if you have symptoms. What are your risks? Take a free heart risk assessment at or scan the QR code. SCAN ME At the table: Push back on unhealthy eating habits. Reach for nutrient-dense foods like fruits and vegetables, whole grains, fish, nuts, legumes, and seeds. In your head: Memorize all the warning signs of a heart attack and stroke. Remember, some of the signs are more subtle than we see on TV. On your list: Pay attention to conditions that increase your risk for heart disease or stroke, including high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes. Stay on track with your treatment plan. 40s 50s 60sand beyond Today is the right time to keep your heart in mind. Don’t worry about what you did or didn’t do yesterday or last year. Love your heart well from now on, so it can do the best job possible for you.” — Hoang Nguyen, MD Quick quiz