Heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women in the United States. Every year, one in four deaths are caused by heart disease. February is American heart health month.
Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women. Many years ago it used to be the number 2 cause of death! According to the CDC, about 600,000 people die of heart disease in the United States each year.
You can make healthy changes to lower your risk of developing heart disease. Controlling and preventing risk factors is also important for people who already have heart disease. Here are some things to lower your risk:
- Quit smoking and stay away from secondhand smoke
- If you drink alcohol, drink only in moderation
- Stay active and move frequently
- Eat healthy and stay away from processed foods
- Try to maintain a stable weight
- Monitor your blood pressure daily and as needed
- Control your stress and have a plan when you have stress
- Measure your cholesterol frequently
Our bodies actually need cholesterol. It is the first line of defense when inflammation challenges our body. Every cell in the body has cholesterol. The body actually makes cholesterol and it can be consumed in many foods. Although somewhat controversial excess cholesterol can build up on artery walls, resulting in cardiovascular disease. For this reason it is recommended people are at least aware of their cholesterol levels, and have a good control on stress and diet and blood pressure.
Have you checked your cholesterol levels lately?
For February Dr. Edwards fitness is offering an advanced lipid panel for only $99. This includes a total cholesterol, and HDL cholesterol, triglycerides, non-HDL and calculated components, a lipoprotein fractionation and ion mobility, and lipoprotein A.
To check a lipid profile this month it is only $19 and this includes a total cholesterol, and HDL “good” cholesterol, triglycerides, and LDL “bad” cholesterol.
A C-reactive protein is only $25. A C-reactive protein indicates inflammation due to infection or tissue injury. Modestly elevated levels may be associated with increased heart risk.
All of these prices will be good until the end of February!