It’s officially the holidays! While it’s a great time to spend with family and friends, all the festivities can cause issues with your vascular disease. From the unhealthy foods to the stress of it all, it’s crucial to be vigilant and up-to-date on your condition.
Watching Your Diet
Christmas cookies, fudge and fruit cake! Who doesn’t love digging into some sweet and savory foods during the holidays? Patients suffering with vascular disease don’t necessarily have to miss out on the good stuff, but definitely need to avoid overdoing it.
Here are some things to remember when it comes to your diet:
- Limit alcohol consumption
- Don’t use too much sodium
- Keep portion size in mind
- Eat the good, festive foods like cranberries and sweet potatoes
- Don’t over indulge in foods high in sugar
It’s important to manage stress during the holidays. Stress can increase heart rate and blood pressure while narrowing blood vessels. This can be particularly worrisome for patients with Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD) or other vascular diseases as the veins are already narrowed.
There are some things you can do to manage stress like:
- Just saying “no” and not overextending yourself
- Keeping up your exercise routine
- Getting enough sleep
- Taking time to relax
- Eating healthy (as laid out above)
Visiting the Doctor
Don’t forget to meet with your vascular physician as needed. The end of the year is a busy time, but patients must stick to their care schedule including attending appointments, taking medicines as prescribed and maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
Towards the end of the year, deductibles have probably already been met. So, it’s a great time to get all medical needs taken care of.
Why Choose Vascular Associates of South Alabama?
Our vascular physicians believe in taking a proactive approach in treating vascular health conditions. They have an in-house, outpatient endovascular lab that allows them to quickly care for patients all in one comfortable location.
Book an appointment today by calling 251-410-8272! Same day appointments available!
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Mobile, AL 36604
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