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Heart Screening Saves Lives

February is Heart Month

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women in the United States. About 90 percent of middle-aged people and more than 74 percent of young adults have one or more risk factors for heart disease, such as diabetes, high blood pressure, high blood cholesterol, or being a smoker or overweight. Having multiple risk factors increases your risk for heart disease.

In the United States, cardiovascular disease is listed as the underlying cause in 840,678 deaths – about 1 out of every 3, according to the latest AHA statistics.

Living a healthy lifestyle by getting plenty of exercise and eating a nutritious diet are the keys to preventing heart disease.

Follow these heart healthy lifestyle tips with your friends, family, coworkers, and others in your community and you’ll all be heart healthier for it:
• Be more physically active.
• Maintain a healthy weight.
• Eat a nutritious diet.
• Quit smoking.
• Reduce your stress.
• Get enough quality sleep.
• Track your heart health stats . You don’t have to make big changes all at once. Small steps will get you where you want to go .

HEART SCREENING SAVES LIVES

Living a heart healthy life is one of the most rewarding gifts you can give yourself and those you love. Knowing your heart health can help you get ahead of heart disease, vascular disease and stroke. If you’re age 40 or older, it’s time to get screened. Because even during a pandemic, your health needs shouldn’t be ignored.

Who should get a heart screen?
• Anyone at 40 -75 years old
• Women who are postmenopausal
• When recommended by a physician.
• Why the screen is done?
• Checks for early heart disease.
• Discover severity of heart disease.

What is done during a screen?
• Coronary artery calcium scoring
• EKG
• Cholesterol
• Blood Pressure
• Body Mass Index
• Framingham Score

Heart Healthy

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