Berea, Ky. (January 17, 2019) – The new year is underway and KentuckyOne Health is encouraging community members to keep their hearts healthy in 2019 by taking steps to reduce their risk for heart disease. While February marks American Heart Month, a time when awareness is raised about heart health, it’s important to keep your heart healthy year-round.
“Heart disease is the leading cause of death in men and women in the United States, killing nearly 610,000 people each year, which accounts for 1 in every 4 deaths,” said Suzanne Morton, MD, KentuckyOne Health Cardiology Associates. “It’s important to understand the warning signs of a heart attack and ways that you can improve your overall health by reducing your risk for heart disease.”
Kentucky ranks second in the nation for heart disease, which includes a range of ailments, like coronary artery disease, heart arrhythmias, blood vessel diseases and congenital heart defects. Heart disease is often referred to as cardiovascular disease and includes conditions involving blocked or narrowed blood vessels that can lead to chest pain, stroke or a heart attack.
Heart disease symptoms depend on the type of heart disease you have, but common symptoms include chest pain or discomfort, shortness of breath, irregular heartbeat, dizziness or fatigue. While family history and genetics can contribute to a person’s heart health, there are also a number of modifiable risk factors for heart disease, including having high blood pressure, a poor diet, high cholesterol levels, diabetes, being obese, smoking, stress, poor hygiene and lack of exercise. Managing these risks can significantly decrease the risk of heart disease.
“Diet and exercise are extremely important, and can positively affect risk factors for heart disease, like high blood pressure, obesity, high cholesterol and diabetes,” said Morton. “By keeping your heart healthy, you can help lower your risk for heart attack, cardiovascular disease or stroke. These conditions can be life-altering or even deadly, and making small changes in your daily life can make a big difference.”
To help prevent heart disease, work with your physician to determine a proper diet and exercise regimen. To schedule an appointment with a physician, visit www.kentuckyonehealth.org/primary-care, or call 888.570.8092.
If you are experiencing symptoms of a heart attack, don’t wait to see a physician. Dial 911 or seek emergency care right away.
About Saint Joseph Berea
Saint Joseph Berea is a 25-bed critical access hospital located in Berea, KY. It serves the residents of Madison, Estill, Garrard, Jackson and Rockcastle counties. Established in 1898, on the grounds of Berea College, Saint Joseph Berea recognizes the importance of family, friends and familiar surroundings in the healing process and provides a breadth of services so that getting first-rate care doesn’t have to mean being far from home.
About KentuckyOne Health
KentuckyOne Health, part of Catholic Health Initiatives, is one of the largest and most comprehensive health systems in the Commonwealth of Kentucky, and includes hospitals, physician groups, clinics, primary care centers, specialty institutes and home health agencies. KentuckyOne Health is dedicated to bringing wellness, healing and hope to all, including the underserved.
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