February Is American Heart Month
January Is Cervical Health Awareness Month
Heart Disease is the number one killer for both men and women in the United States. About 70% of all heart deaths are from coronary artery disease. There are several things you can do to keep your heart healthy.
Prevent and control high blood cholesterol:
High blood cholesterol is a major risk factor for heart disease. Preventing and treating high blood cholesterol includes eating a diet low in saturated fat and cholesterol and high in fiber, keeping a healthy weight, and getting regular exercise. All adults should have their cholesterol levels checked once every five years. If yours is high, your doctor may prescribe medicines to help lower it.
Prevent and control high blood pressure:
Lifestyle actions such as healthy diet, regular physical activity, not smoking, and healthy weight will help you to keep normal blood pressure levels. Blood pressure is easily checked; therefore all adults should have their blood pressure checked on a regular basis. If your blood pressure is high, you can work with your doctor to treat it and bring it down to the normal range. A high blood pressure can usually be controlled with lifestyle changes and with medicines when needed.
Prevent and control diabetes:
People with diabetes have an increased risk of heart disease but can reduce their risk with good control of diabetes. Also, people can take steps to reduce their risk for diabetes in the first place, through weight loss and regular physical activity.
Smoking increases the risk of high blood pressure, heart disease, and stroke. Never smoking is one of the best things a person can do to lower their risk. Quitting smoking will also help lower a person’s risk of heart disease and risk of heart attack also decreases soon after quitting. If you smoke, your doctor can suggest programs to help you quit smoking – including a tobacco cessation clinic located in the cardiology clinic at NMCSD every Wednesday afternoon at 1600. No appointment is needed; anyone eligible for care may walk in. Call 619-532-7400 for more information.
Diet and nutrition:
Along with healthy weight and regular physical activity, an overall healthy diet can help to lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels and prevent obesity, diabetes, heart disease, and stroke. This includes eating lots of fresh fruits and vegetables, lowering or cutting out added salt or sodium, and eating less saturated fat and cholesterol to lower these risks.
Regular physical activity:
Adults should engage in moderate level physical activities for at least 30 minutes on most days of the week.
Please contact your primary care physician for further information on any of the above topics. Naval Medical Center San Diego has many opportunities for you to improve your health through education and preventive medicine.
Information obtained from http://www.cdc.gov/Features/HeartMonth/.
News Courtesy of: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention