About 610,000 people die of heart disease in the United States each year – that’s 1 in every 4 deaths. Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women. More than half of the deaths due to heart disease in 2009 were in Men. High blood pressure, high LDL cholesterol, and smoking are the key heart disease risk factors. Several other medical conditions and lifestyle choices can also put people at a higher risk for heart disease, including: Diabetes, Overweight and Obesity. (CDC)
Here at the Whittier Street Health Center, we have the wonderful Prescription for Health Program to help individuals improve their overall health status.
You can make healthy choices and changes to lower your risk of developing heart disease. Controlling and preventing risk factors is also important for people who already have heart disease.
To lower your risk:
* Quit smoking and stay away from secondhand smoke
* Eat a heart healthy diet
* If you drink alcohol, drink only in moderation
* Maintain a healthy weight
* Get enough quality sleep
* Manage stress
* Get regular health screenings for blood pressure, cholesterol levels, diabetes
* Exercise for 30 minutes on most days of the week