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February is Heart Health Awareness Month

Cardiovascular Disease (CVD) includes coronary heart disease (CHD), stroke, peripheral artery disease, and heart failure. They are known as the number one cause of death in adults in America. As alarming as this may sound, CVD is preventable and controllable with small changes made in your everyday life.

Major Risk Factors include:

In order to prevent cardiovascular disease take the following steps:

  1. Control high blood pressure- Lower salt intake, avoid drinking too much alcohol and stop smoking.
  2. Maintain a healthy diet- Start by including some fruits, vegetables, fish, and fiber including cereal.
  3. Exercise- Include 20-30 minutes of moderate-intensity daily or 150 minutes per week.
  4. Smoking Cessation- smoking not only increases the risks of CVD, but cancer as well.
  5. Diabetic Control- increase physical activity, control blood, pressure, lipids and glucose levels.

Those with more risk factors such as being diabetic or a smoker increases their risk of CVD. 90% of strokes are due to risk factors that can be reduced by changing one’s lifestyle and behaviors.

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