Heart disease is the No. 1 killer in Florida, with billions of dollars being spent on medications to reduce this risk each year. The three biggest risk factors include: high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and smoking. All of these factors can be eliminated or reduced with simple changes in lifestyle, diet, and in some cases medication. Here are some of our tips and resources to learn more about cardiovascular disease and reducing your risk:
- Annual check-ups with your doctor are a must, even if you feel fine. Your healthcare provider works side by side with you in managing your blood pressure and cholesterol levels.
- Regular exercise is key. Toning up reduces unhealthy cholesterol while raising the healthy kinds. Exercise also increases the strength of your lungs and heart while managing your weight.
- If you smoke quitting is the best chance in reducing your risk greatly. Smokers’ risk are much higher in developing heart disease compared to non-smokers.
- Take your numbers into your own hands, stay aware of any changes and limit the amount of highly processed foods and sodium you intake.
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