Heart Disease Prevention
We are deeply committed to helping men and women prevent cardiovascular disease and manage risk factors such as family history, hypertension, diabetes, cholesterol disorders, and more. We strive to lower the rate of heart disease in our community, and our experts offer several free and low-cost cardiovascular screenings in the area every year. Also, many of our advanced research initiatives are looking at new ways to prevent heart disease in future generations.
The Center for Disease Control (CDC) recommends taking these steps to lower the risk of heart disease:
- Prevent and control high blood cholesterol by eating a diet low in saturated fat and cholesterol and high in fiber, keeping a healthy weight, and getting regular exercise. All adults should have their cholesterol levels checked once every five years.
- Prevent and control high blood pressure with a healthy diet, regular physical activity, not smoking, and maintaining a healthy weight. All adults should have their blood pressure checked on a regular basis.
- Prevent and control diabetes through weight loss and regular physical activity.
- Don’t smoke. Smoking increases the risk of high blood pressure, heart disease, and stroke.
- Drink alcohol in moderation. Excessive alcohol use increases the risk of high blood pressure, heart attack, and stroke.
- Maintain a healthy weight with a proper diet and regular physical activity.
- Engage in regular physical activity for at least 30 minutes on most days of the week.
- Eat a healthy diet with lots of fresh fruits and vegetables, reduce added salt or sodium, and eat less saturated fat.
Behavioral Cardiovascular Prevention Program
This program provides access to medically supervised services, many of which are free of charge because they are connected with research studies, to help men and women reduce their risk of heart disease by adopting healthier lifestyles.
One of the first studies of our new program is looking at the impact of smoking and smoking cessation on high blood pressure and comparing two approaches to help smokers kick the habit. We are currently recruiting smokers with either pre-hypertension or stage-one hypertension who want to quit smoking. Learn more by calling 860-372-8418.
Weight Loss and Exercise
Other studies underway through the Behavioral Cardiovascular Program are looking at approaches to weight reduction, ways to encourage exercise, smoking cessation for individuals who do not have high blood pressure, and more.
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