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Advancing Excellence

Feb 4 2014
Preventing Heart Disease
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Today's post includes facts on heart disease and tips to help prevent it, courtesy of Dr. Sandra Sulik, vice president for medical affairs for St. Joseph's.

Heart disease is the leading cause of death in women in America. It is more common than all forms of cancer. Risk factors that we can control include smoking, physical inactivity, managing high blood pressure and high cholesterol, managing weight to prevent diabetes and managing diabetes, if you have it.

We can all do some simple things to help prevent heart disease and stroke!
  • Get regular exercise, even some exercise is better than none at all!
  • Modify salt and fat in our diets.
  • Quit smoking or try to cut smoking amounts in half
  • Manage stress with meditation, relaxation and exercise
  • Modify alcohol intake to no more than one drink per day for women and two for men

Warning signs of heart disease can be different in women. Chest pain is the most common warning sign and if you have chest pain, you should have it evaluated by your primary care doctor or emergency room /urgent care center. Other signs include shortness of breath, dizziness, extreme fatigue, nausea or vomiting and jaw or back pain. Any of these symptoms can be a sign of heart disease and you should call you physician if you experience them.

Help St. Joseph's raise awareness of heart disease, especially in women. Go Red for Women this Feb. 7!


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