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HHS HealthBeat (February 19, 2013)

The tell-tale heart risk

Infographic: smokers are 6 times more likely to have a heart attack.

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Lower Your Risk

From the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, I’m Nicholas Garlow with HHS HealthBeat.

Know the risks. If you are inactive, or have high blood pressure, or if you smoke, your risk for heart disease increases. If you have high cholesterol or diabetes, your risk for heart disease increases. On the other hand, if you know these facts, you can act now.

Dr. Nakela Cook is at the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute.

“Women that are aware of their risk for heart disease are more likely to actually take action to reduce their risk and as well as report that they do things such as lose weight more frequently than women who are less aware.”

Some basics will help you – be active, and eat healthy. That means less salt, more fruits and veggies, less processed foods, and remember your ABCS. Appropriate aspirin therapy. Blood pressure control. Cholesterol management. Smoking cessation.

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HHS HealthBeat is a production of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. I’m Nicholas Garlow.

Last revised: March 20, 2013