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Live Healthier and Lower Your Risk for Heart Disease

Live Healthier and Lower Your Risk for Heart Disease

  • Posted Jan 31, 2018
  • hchadmin


Did you know that according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States? 

February is American Heart Month and Holy Cross Hospital encourages you to care for yourself, and your loved ones, by focusing on preventive care.  

According to the National Health Information Center, in the United States, the most common type of heart disease is coronary artery disease (CAD). The great news is that you can greatly reduce your risk for CAD through lifestyle changes and preventive care, including embracing a healthy spirit. 

To keep your heart healthy, the American Heart Association recommends the following:

•Maintain a healthy weight

•Quit smoking and avoid secondhand smoke

•Control your cholesterol levels and blood pressure

•Drink alcohol only in moderation

•Get regular exercise and eat healthier 

•Ask your doctor about taking aspirin every day (if you are a man over the age of 45, or a woman past menopause)

•Manage stress

While controlling physical risk factors is a great way to help prevent any condition, so is maintaining a healthy spirit. For example:

•Remain optimistic. Research shows that happiness and a positive attitude are associated with lower rates of disease. 

•Control stress. Stress relievers like deep breathing and muscle relaxation exercises, as well as keeping a journal, can be helpful in controlling the impact stress has on your body.

•Do everything in moderation. Don’t try to do too much at one time – make sure to have time for proper nutrition, sleep, work and play.

•Create a network. Maintaining a close circle of family and friends can provide you with emotional support when you need it. 

Lastly, getting annual physicals and tests from your doctor is key in sustaining your health and preventing heart disease. Having a primary care physician (PCP) who can coordinate your care is vital to your good health. A PCP typically specializes in Family Medicine, Internal Medicine or General Practice. 

If you don’t have a PCP, finding one is easy! Just visit your insurance carrier’s website, look for the “find a doctor” area and follow the instructions.

If you have any changes in your health and you’ve got questions, call the nurse line offered by your medical plan. 

As your trusted health partner for life, Holy Cross Hospital is committed to helping you live your whole life by nurturing well-being through body, mind and spirit.

Consider joining us for the following heart health events this month:

Time Out for Women
Thursday, February 15, 530 pm | Dorothy Mangurian Comprehensive Women's Center
Women's Heart Health: Reducing Stress and Living Healthier
Join Richard Goldman, MD, PhD, FACC, FACP, Cardiology, as he discusses the benefits of reducing stress in our often busy and demanding lives. There's no time like the present to guard your heart and live healthier!  Register at 954-351-7804 or holy-cross.com.


The Cardiac Hour: Cardiac Testing 
Wednesday, February 21, 4 pm | Sister Innocent Conference Center 
Join Karan Munuswamy, MD, Cardiology, to learn about choosing the appropriate pathway for diagnosing and treating Coronary Artery Disease or blocked arteries. Register at 954-351-5886 or holy-cross.com.



The Cardiac Hour: Small Incisions, Big Results  
Wednesday, February 28, 4 pm | Sister Innocent Conference Center 
We all want to avoid surgery, but if you need one, you want to know your options.  Join Alexander Justicz, MD, Cardiothoracic Surgery, for a heart-to-heart about the various methods of minimally invasive cardiac surgery available today.  Register at 954-351-5886 or holy-cross.com.



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