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

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

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

This month is American Heart Health Month and according to a new report, almost half of American adults are impacted by some type of heart disease.

Medicare covers a cardiovascular disease screening every 5 years at no cost to you.

Experts say early detection is key to preventing heart disease.

To improve the quality of life in Oklahoma, we must all take action to reduce the risks of heart disease and endorse living a heart-healthy life.

The change in blood pressure guidelines was not made haphazardly. High blood pressure, or hypertension, can lead to heart attack, heart failure, and stroke.

A diagnosis of high blood pressure does not necessarily mean a person has cardiovascular disease or needs medication. Making these changes can be critical to your health. "Levels we used to think were normal we now associate with worse outcomes, and treating them makes a big difference", said Dr. Emelia J. Benjamin, professor of cardiology at Boston University and chair of the group of authors responsible for the American Heart Association's Heart Disease and Stroke Statistics 2019 Update. Doctors say it is also a warning about increasingly sedentary lifestyles.

There are some lifestyle choices women can make to minimize their risk of heart disease.

Doctors also say it is important for women to know their blood sugar, blood pressure and cholesterol numbers. If people pay attention to the risk factors, it will go a long way toward preventing cardiovascular disease.

When heart health does fail, residents of the Mountain West can be assured that if treatment for heart disease is necessary, Utah boasts some of the country's finest medical professionals and patient-care facilities.