Mark Montano, MD | “Heart Health – Diet and Blood Pressure”

Mark Montano, MD | “Heart Health – Diet and Blood Pressure”


– [Interviewer] We’re here
today with Dr. Mark Montano, Medical Director of CareNow Urgent Care to learn more about smart choices you can make for you heart. What type of foods would you
say are best for your heart? – Well, when making your grocery list, you should look for healthy foods. The healthy fats, such
as those found in fish and avocados or olives. Also, foods high in fiber
and fresh vegetables. We should try and avoid those things which are high in saturated
fats, sugars, and salts. And anything that’s highly processed. – [Interviewer] And what type of numbers should we be looking at
in our medical charts to monitor our heart health. – Well, there are three main
numbers that we look at. Blood pressure, blood sugar
levels, and cholesterol. Now all of these have ranges that our primary care provider will help us determine what’s best for us. There’s also a homocysteine and a CRP which we’re monitoring. Homocysteine is a chemical which is found in our blood stream and
it can cause irritation of the blood vessels. This can lead to increase
risk of heart attack, stroke, even blood clots. C-reactive protein is
an inflammation marker and we monitor inflammation
within the body which can also have a
negative affect on our heart.

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