February is National Heart Month and to raise awareness for this preventable disease, Dr. William Minteer spoke at Middlesboro ARHabout the risks and causes associated with the disease during the Lunch and Learn Series on Thursday.
Minteer reported several lifestyle factors that can reduce the risk of heart disease, including eating a healthy diet, regular exercise, maintaining a healthy weight, monitoring blood pressure, being a non-smoker, limiting alcohol use and keeping cholesterol and diabetes in check.
According to data from the Center for Disease Control, heart disease is the leading cause of death for women and men.
“It’s important to start working on this early. It’s something that can start in your 20’s or 30’s and gets worse over time,” said Minteer.
Artherosclerosis, a common form of heart disease, is caused by fatty material building up in the heart’s arteries. Several tests can be administered to combat the risks of heart disease, including blood pressure and cholesterol testing, fasting plasma glucose and BMI.
“Heart disease alone kills more women than all types of cancers combined, but how often do we hear about it? It’s important and I’m here to tell you that now,” said Minteer.
For more information about heart disease visit www.cdc.gov/features/heartmonth or the American Heart Association’s website at www.heart.org.
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