How to Cultivate a Happy Heart, featuring Dr. Jennifer Forbes


You feel the breeze of the wind pass over you as you run down the trail before you. Thump* Thump* With each step, your heart beats increasingly faster. Thump* Thump* Another slight stretch, and you’ve finished for the day. All the while, your heart is racing nonstop from the thrilling exercise!

Dr. Forbes

Dr. Forbes

Running is just one form of aerobic exercise that helps get the heart pumping and the blood flowing to all corners of the body. February is American Heart Month and a necessary time to learn about your heart. We spoke with the newest cardiology expert at Bond Clinic, Dr. Jennifer I. Forbes, to get her insight on nurturing a healthy heart.

“Your heart is one of the essential parts of your body, so it is crucial to keep your heart happy and healthy. Luckily, you can work on it daily,” says Dr. Forbes. “It is vital to maintain good habits such as eating healthy, maintaining an ideal body weight, engaging in regular physical activity, controlling stress, getting good sleep, avoiding alcohol and tobacco use, and understanding and managing your blood sugar, blood pressure and cholesterol.”

“Additionally, partnering with your medical team to formulate a plan for improved health is essential. Taking care of your heart will help lower your risk for heart disease, stroke and other major health problems,” says Dr. Forbes.

Making the changes you need for a happier heart is always possible. Knowledge and a healthy action plan can significantly cultivate a comfortable life. With the new year in full swing, many people add more physical exercise to their daily routine; speaking with your physician when making significant lifestyle changes is essential.

Bond Clinic has a dedicated team of providers and medical personnel to care for any ailments you might be experiencing. With a combination of multi-specialty physicians and our urgent care, we offer a full array of services to the Polk County community. Call us at 863-293-1191 to schedule an appointment, or click here to learn more about our our cardiology team.