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Heart Disease Prevention Tips

Throughout the month of February healthcare providers around the country and here in Texoma will be bringing awareness to American Heart Month.

Heart disease is the leading cause of death of men and women.

"Coronary artery disease is the main form of heart disease that affects people in the United States," said Registered Nurse Clinical Manager at Community Healthcare Center.

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, 600,000 people die from heart disease each year.  

Pratt said despite the statistics there are some things people can do to prevent the illness. 

Health Tips:
  • "Two to three days of exercise at least 30 minutes a day," said Pratt.

  • "Making sure you are eating a healthy diet and are staying away from foods that are high in sodium," said Pratt.

  • "Keep their blood pressure under control. A good base line is 180 over 20. Anything above that puts you at risk of acquiring heart disease," said Pratt.    
Pratt said being proactive in watching your health is also a good preventative measure to take. She also said practicing some of those tips can be the difference between living a long healthy life or death.

Pratt said if you experience symptoms such as increased or decreased pulse, circulation problems or cramping you should visit your healthcare provider.
 
Jimmie Johnson, Newschannel 6 
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