Stone County Hospital


There is a difference between eating plenty of food and eating plenty of food that provides your body with the nutrients it needs in order to be healthy. We understand that there seems to be a new type of “superfood” every week! One day you hear people raving over acai berries, then the next thing you know everyone loves kale. It can be very hard to keep track of, but what you put in your body matters. Especially in regards to your heart. If you are interested in eating foods that are heart healthy, keep reading below!

Olive Oil
While you may be familiar with extra virgin olive oil because of Rachel Ray, there are many benefits that make it a heart-healthy food! Extra virgin olive oil has been associated with a decrease in cardiovascular disease and overall mortality. It has been found that every 10 grams of extra virgin olive oil are associated with a 39% decrease in the risk of cardiovascular disease. It can be used for pretty much anything! You can cook food with it, fry food, add it as a pasta sauce or as a salad dressing. It is extremely versatile and easy to add into your everyday diet!

Pistachios, peanuts, cashews and pine nuts are all great for you! It has been found that one serving of nuts each day is associated with a 21% decrease in being at risk of cardiovascular disease. Not only are nuts good for you, they taste delicious! Switch out a bag of chips or cookies for this healthy alternative.

Salmon has omega-3 fatty acids, which help to lower blood pressure and decrease blood clotting. This leads to a reduced risk of having a heart attack or a stroke. Many doctors recommend that you eat 2 servings of salmon per week.

Green Tea
The original superfood that people began raving about years ago actually is just that, a “superfood!” A Japanese study found that there was a nearly 20% reduction in developing the risk of a heart attack and 35% less risk of stroke when an individual drank one to three cups of green tea each day!

As you can see, there are many tasty foods you can add to your diet to promote a healthy heart! At Stone County, we believe in living the healthiest lifestyle available to us and want to promote heart health in order to avoid strokes and heart attacks.

Stone County Hospital is a critical access hospital that proudly serves the patient population in Wiggins, Picayune, Lumberton and Lucedale. We hope to be your number one choice for acute care, family care, trauma care, emergency care and much more. We are located at 1434 E. Central Avenue, Wiggins, MS 39577. Please call us at 601-928-6600 to schedule an appointment.