Dear Doc... Health Advice from Your Hometown Care Team at WCMH
Heart Disease Risk How can my doctor help?
Response from Dr. Steven Ebers
February is American Heart Month, a time to raise awareness about the importance of heart health and the steps we can take to reduce our risk of heart disease.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States, responsible for 1 in 4 deaths each year. However, the good news is that heart disease is also one of the most preventable conditions.
One of the most important things we can do to protect our hearts is to maintain a healthy lifestyle. This includes eating a diet that is rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean protein, and that is low in saturated and trans fats, added sugars, and salt. It also means getting regular physical activity, managing stress, and not smoking.
In addition to lifestyle changes, it is also important to have regular check-ups with a healthcare provider to monitor blood pressure, cholesterol, and other risk factors for heart disease. If these risk factors are identified early, they can often be managed with medication, lifestyle changes, or other interventions.
Another important step in preventing heart disease is to be aware of the warning signs of a heart attack, which include chest pain or discomfort, shortness of breath, and discomfort in the jaw, neck, or arms. If you experience any of these symptoms, it is important to seek medical attention immediately.
Heart disease is a serious and preventable condition that affects millions of people in the United States. By making healthy lifestyle choices, monitoring risk factors, and being aware of the warning signs of a heart attack, we can all take steps to protect our hearts and live healthier lives.
Schedule an appointment today and take an important step towards reducing your risks of heart disease. Early prevention and recognition is key to beating heart disease.
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