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American Heart Month
Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women. To prevent heart disease and increase awareness of its effects, Kendale Lakes Medical Clinic, Inc. is proudly participating in American Heart Month.
In Florida alone, heart disease accounts for 3 out of 10 deaths and in 2016 there were 45,625 heart disease related deaths. As mentioned above, this places it at the top of the chart for the leading cause of death, placing cancer in a close second place with 44,237 related deaths. About half of all Americans have at least one of these three risk factors for heart disease: high blood pressure, high cholesterol and smoking. By eliminating these risk factors and others we can take steps to reduce heart disease related deaths in Florida.
As of November 13, 2017, high blood pressure is defined as readings of 130 mm Hg and higher for the systolic blood pressure measurement, or readings of 80 and higher for the diastolic measurement. That is a change from the old definition of 140/90 and higher, reflecting complications that can occur at those lower numbers. According to the new guidelines almost half (46%) of the United States adult population will have hypertension. While approximately 14 percent more people will be diagnosed with high blood pressure, there will only be a small increase in the number of people who will be prescribed medication. By lowering the definition of high blood pressure, the guidelines recommend earlier intervention to prevent further increases in blood pressure and the complications of hypertension.
The great news is that you can make healthy changes to lower your risk of developing heart disease. This places you directly in the drivers seat giving you the ability to take charge. For people that already have heart disease controlling existing risk factors and preventing new risk factors is very important. To lower your risk:
Watch your weight.
Quit smoking and stay away from secondhand smoke.
Control your cholesterol and blood pressure.
If you drink alcohol, drink only in moderation.
Get active and eat healthy.
See your Primary Care Physician for your physical exam
As a participator in American Heart Month we are urging patients and their friends and family to come in and get their annual wellness exams / annual physicals done to diagnose early onset of any risk factors that might be present. This would also be a good time to ask any questions pertaining to a healthier lifestyle.