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It’s February: Love Your Heart

Article / Review by on February 7, 2011 – 8:19 pmNo Comments

It’s February: Love Your Heart

Love Your Heart

Make no mistake: while the stereotypical heart attack victim in the movies might be male, heart disease is an equal opportunity killer. In fact, it’s the number one cause of death among women 20 and older, killing almost one every minute.

The good news? Research shows that, even if saddled with a family history of the disease, there are steps each of us can take to become more heart-healthy. Simple things— like following a proper diet, keeping active, not smoking, not drinking excessively, and partnering with a primary care doctor to monitor cholesterol, blood sugar, blood pressure and weight — can go a long way in lowering one’s risk for a heart attack or stroke.

So, in light of February being American Heart Month, we’ve tapped Dr. Gladys Velarde, director of our Strong Women’s Heart Program, to give a few quick tips (for everyone, and then especially for women) for maintaining for a healthier heart.

To hear her advice, watch the clip below.

Curious how the Women’s Heart Program is making a difference for patients here in Rochester? Click here.

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*  The above story is adapted from materials provided by University of Rochester Medical Center

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University of Rochester Medical Center

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