Heart disease is very common.  About 1 in 10 American adults have been diagnosed, and its the leading cause of death.  Read below to learn some common falsehoods regarding the disease.

#1: Heart disease is only for Seniors.

Actually, heart disease starts in childhood and adolescence.  This is when fatty deposits can start to build up in the arteries and lead to heart disease.  Its important to establish healthy habits while we are still young.  A diet in low fats and high in vegetables, fruits, and whole grains.  Stay active, and cut down on the screen time.

#2: My parents had heart disease, so I will too.

Every family has had someone affected by heart disease. Your families history doesn’t have to be your future.  Modern medicine has come a long way! Keep your blood pressure, blood sugar, and cholesterol in check.  Tell your doctor of your family history so you can establish a plan with them.  If you do have a family history and are concerned contact us about our Coronary Artery CT Calcium Scans! A quick and simple test that evaluates your risk for heart disease.  https://www.bluegrassregionalimaging.com/our-services/coronary-artery-calcium-score/

#3: Skinny people cannot have heart attacks.

Being skinny does not get you off the hook.  High blood pressure and high cholesterol can both exists without symptoms. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle is important.

So how can you help reduce your risk of heart disease???

1.) Don’t smoke

2.) Stay at a healthy weight

3.) Keep your cholesterol under control

4.) Control your blood pressure

5.) Manage stress

6.) Get regular excerise

7.) Reduce blood sugar

8.) Always consult with your physician first regarding any issues you might be having.

To learn more you can visit:http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/HealthyLiving/Make-the-Effort-to-Prevent-Heart-Disease-with-Lifes-Simple-7_UCM_443750_Article.jsp#.WnHQAqinGUk

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