American Heart Month: How to reduce the risk of heart disease

Leslie Hanson
February 9, 2019

You might not be able to avoid Cupid's arrow, but you can take steps to help prevent heart disease. In 2015, the American Heart Association recognized that Oklahomans are more likely to have heart disease and stroke with the following risk factors: adults who are current smokers, 22 percent; adults who are overweight or obese, 69 percent; and high school student who are obese, 17.3 percent. Start by scheduling an appointment with your doctor to discuss your risks and how to lower them.

One in three women will die from cardiovascular diseases and stroke every year, killing about one woman every 80 seconds. If you've had a heart condition, like a heart attack or heart transplant, Medicare covers cardiac rehabilitation programs that include exercise, education, and counseling. Dr. Crites encourages women to take preventable measures in caring for their heart. You can impact your heart-health by maintaining a healthy weight, eating low-sodium foods, lowering your blood pressure and cholesterol, limiting your alcohol intake, managing stress, and increasing your physical activity.

The month of February is often associated with Valentine's Day and the season of love, but it's also Heart Health Awareness Month. Here, you can find your possible risks for heart disease, and resources, like heart-healthy recipes to help keep your heart strong.

At Morrison Community Hospital, Cardiologist Faraz Manazir helps patients improve their heart health in a variety of ways. Refreshments will be served.

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