• Preventing Heart Disease

  • Preventing heart disease is one of the most important things you can do for both your cardiac health and overall health.

    St. Anthony Hospital encourages everyone to make heart healthy habits a part of your and your family's everyday life to prevent heart disease, heart attack and stroke.

    Why is prevention important?

    Take into account the following statistics and numbers of people and families impacted each year by deaths caused by heart disease, heart attack and stroke. The key to not being a statistic, is prevention!

    • Approximately 600,000 people in the US die from heart disease every year.
    • Every year about 935,000 people in the US have heart attacks
    • Cardiovascular disease is the number one cause of death in the US and Stroke is the number 4 cause.

    Every day steps to prevent heart disease

    When it comes to heart disease, the statistics don't lie - but the most encouraging piece of news is that you don't have to be a statistic! No matter what your age, whether you're 20 or 60, you can make lifestyle choices that will lower your risk of heart disease and prevent heart attack and stroke. The following healthy habits and choices should be part of your every day health habits that keep your heart healthy and lower your risk of heart disease.

    • Quit Smoking! Smoking not only increases your risk of heart attack and stroke, but also significantly reduces your ability to recover from a cardiac event or stroke when one occurs. Make the choice to quit and along with a long list of other health benefits, you cut your risk of heart disease in half! We know quitting is hard, so if you're ready to quit there are a number of support programs available. Learn more about our smoking cessation program or find more help from the American Heart Association quit smoking resource .
    • Eat a Heart Healthy Diet! Your nutrition choices matter and can impact many factors that lead to heart disease including blood pressure, cholesterol and weight. Eating heart healthy is really fairly simple and involves making choices to eat a diet rich in vegetables, fruits, whole-grains and low-fat, lean meats. Need some help? We offer low cost nutrition counseling with a registered dietition.
    • Exercise! According to the American Heart Association, 30 minutes of physical activity on 5 or more days a week helps lower blood pressure, cholesterol and keeps your weight down. And, remember you don't have to go to a gym to exercise and move! No matter what your age or ability, there are all kinds of ways you can incorporate physical activity and movement into your everyday lifestyle -- walk to school with your kids, take the stairs instead of the elevator, choose a parking spot at the end of the parking lot, join a walking group, go for a bike ride, take the dog for a walk or jog, swim or do water aerobics at the local rec center. Looking for a fun and affordable exercise option in Lakewood? Learn more about our fitness center, yoga, zumba and more!
    • Know Your Numbers! It's important to know your blood pressure and cholesterol numbers, as high blood pressure and/or high cholesterol can be a key indicator of impending heart disease, heart attack or stroke. With regular check ups from your doctor and having blood pressure and cholesterol screenings you and your doctor can determine if you need to make changes to lower your numbers and lower your risk. The first step is making an appointment with your primary care doctor for a check-up. Find a primary care doctor

  • My Hearth Health Matters

    My Heart Health Matters

    When it comes to your heart, you want the best not just for you, but for the ones you care about and depend on you. We invite you to find every day steps to prevent heart disease

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