How a Cardiologist Keeps His Heart Healthy


He keeps tabs on his blood pressure.

Dr. Calkins likes to check his blood pressure about once a month. If it starts trending above normal levels, he said, that may be a sign to make some lifestyle changes.

People generally do not need to monitor their blood pressure like this, he acknowledged, but doing so can help you get ahead of any potential heart health problems, especially if you’re at higher risk for them.

He uses an app to track his food.

Calorie counting is not useful or even recommended for everyone, Dr. Calkins said.

But he likes to track what and how much he’s eating to ensure he’s following a balanced diet. He avoids consuming more than 2,000 calories a day to prevent weight gain, which can increase the risk of heart problems.

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