NEW PRAGUE, Minn. — According to The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), heart disease is the No. 1 killer of men and women, accounting for more than 600,000 deaths in the United States each year. Additionally, about 735,000 Americans experience a heart attack. Fortunately, many forms of heart disease are largely preventable by making healthy choices on a consistent basis. Marty Herrmann, M.D., Mayo Clinic Health System in New Prague medical director, recommends starting with the following steps to improve heart health:
- Quit smoking, or if you’re not a smoker, don’t ever start. Smoking damages blood vessels and increases your risk of heart attack and artery disease.
- Aim to exercise 30 minutes or more each day most days of the week. Moderate exercise, such as a brisk walk or morning jog, protects you from numerous health conditions, including many forms of heart disease.
- Eat a healthy diet. Consume a diet that’s high in fruits and vegetables and low in salt and saturated fat.
- Manage other health conditions. Managing your current health issues like diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol helps lower your susceptibility to heart problems.
- Control and reduce stress. High stress that goes unaddressed can lead to artery damage and exacerbation of other heart disease risk factors. Work to take care of stressors by meditating, exercising or speaking with your health care team.
- Maintain a healthy weight. By eating right and remaining physically active, you’ll be able to maintain a healthy weight and subsequently reduce the threat of heart disease.
If you have questions or concerns about your heart health, talk to your health care team. Call 952-758-9355 to schedule an appointment at Mayo Clinic Health System in New Prague.
Mayo Clinic Health System consists of clinics, hospitals and other health care facilities that serve the health care needs of people in more than 60 communities in Georgia, Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin. The community-based providers, paired with the resources and expertise of Mayo Clinic, enable patients in the region to receive the highest-quality health care close to home.