The #1 killer both men and women in American is cardiovascular disease (CVD) and includes heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure and other related diseases. Not only is heart disease the number one killer, but it also is the leading cause of disability in this country. The good news is that many CVD deaths are preventable simply by changing to a healthier lifestyle and through the closer management of health conditions such as high blood pressure and diabetes.
February is American Heart Month, and Sumner Regional Medical Center in Gallatin, Tennessee offers education on risk factors, tips for prevention of heart disease and guidance regarding living with heart disease. Together we can fight to prevent and overcome this killer among us.
Risk factors for diseases of the heart include obesity, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, poor sleep habits, lack of exercise, diabetes and having a close family relative with CVD.
Preventing heart disease includes lifestyle changes as simple as maintaining your weight, blood pressure and cholesterol numbers within healthy ranges. Eat a heart-healthy diet, exercise regularly, don’t smoke and limit your use of alcohol. If you suffer diabetes, manage it with your medications and by following your doctor’s orders. An annual physical exam allows your physician to identify any symptoms or signs of advancing heart disease, and to prevent or slow it with appropriate treatment.
Living with heart disease need not be frightening. If you’ve been diagnosed with a heart disease, following your physician’s orders and medication treatment along with simple lifestyle adjustments can help you avoid a worsening condition. Listen to and accept your doctor’s directions. Stay on a healthy diet. Engage in an exercise regimen. Educate yourself regarding your heart health with readily-available resources. Find a support group and maintain social contacts. Exercising discipline regarding your heart health will allow you to continue a productive and pleasant life. Life may change a bit, but it goes on, and life going on is a wonderful thing, indeed.
The ER at Sumner Regional Medical Center in Gallatin, TN is an accredited Chest Pain Center providing a high level of expertise for treating heart attack symptoms. And our first-class Cardiovascular Outpatient Unit maintains full-time cardiologists on staff. With a state-of-the-art cardiac catheterization lab and a world-class cardiac rehab program, Sumner Regional has what it takes to protect your heart health. When you or your loved ones need medical care, the qualified, compassionate SRMC staff is here to treat you well.