According to the National Institutes of Health, heart disease is the leading cause of the death in the United States. 1/4 of all deaths are from it. In addition, it is also a major cause of disability.
Fortunately, there are many things you can do reduce your chances of getting heart disease.
1. Know your blood pressure and keep it under control
2. Exercise regularly
3. Don't smoke (get tips on quitting)
4. Get tested for diabetes and if you have it, keep it under control
5. Know your cholesterol and triglyceride levels and keep them under control
6. Eat a lot of fruits and vegetables
7. Maintain a healthy weight
8. Manage stress
If you suspect you may have a heart condition, talk to your family doctor, or seek care from a cardiologist. Cardiologists (aka heart doctors) are medical doctors who specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of heart disorders and diseases.
If you suspect you or your loved one is having a heart attack-call 911 immediately. Each moment counts-many people either end up with permanent heart damage, or die, because they didn't get help right away.