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Bless Your Heart
What You Need to Know About Cardiovascular Disease

  • Did you know that cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women in the US?
  • Did you know that heart disease and stroke kills one in every 3.7 men and one in every 2.4 women?
  • Did you know that February has been designated American Heart Month?

        Here are some tips for protecting you and your family from this deadly disease

  • Quit smoking. Smokers have more than twice the risk for heart attack as nonsmokers and are more likely to die if they suffer a heart attack.    

  • Improve Cholesterol Levels. Your total cholesterol goal should be less than 200 mg/dl. A diet low in cholesterol and saturated and trans fat will help reduce you cholesterol, as will regular exercise. Some people need medication to help regulate cholesterol.    

  • Control High Blood Pressure. Hypertension, or high blood pressure, is the most common heart disease risk factor. Control blood pressure through diet, exercise, weight management, and if needed, medications.    

  • Control Diabetes. If not properly managed through a healthy diet, exercise and medication, diabetes can lead to significant heart damage.    

  • Exercise. People who donít exercise have higher rates of heart disease than those who do. Just a few minutes of aerobic exercise a day can make a big difference.   

  • Eat right. A diet low in sodium, saturated fat, trans fat, cholesterol and refined sugars helps prevent heart disease. Instead enjoy foods rich in vitamins and nutrients, such as fruits, vegetables, nuts and whole grains.     

  • Manage stress. Poorly controlled stress and anger can lead to heart attacks and strokes. If you struggle with stress, try setting more realistic goals and practicing relaxation techniques to eliminate pressure.



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