BATON ROUGE, LA (NBC 33/FOX 44)
Heart Disease kills 647,000 Americans each year. That’s one in every four deaths, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That’s why it’s important to reduce your risk, which means knowing whether you have a family history of heart disease. Experts also say it’s important to keep tabs on your blood pressure, cholesterol, and blood sugars to make sure they’re all within a healthy range.
Dr. Niksad Abraham with the Cardiovascular Institute of the South says it’s also important to take stock of your lifestyle.
“If you’re a smoker, quitting smoking can definitely help impact the risk for heart attack or stroke,” Abram says, adding “Daily exercise, and eating healthy food can definitely make a big difference.”
When it comes to a heart healthy diet, experts recommend eating a variety of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, low fat dairy, and healthy proteins.
As for exercise, doctors recommend 30 Minutes a day, five days a week.
Seeing your doctor is a big part of staying on top of your heart health, so you can be screened for any problems that might exist and take measures to correct them.
As always, for more information, visit the Cardiovascular Institute of the South’s website.