Did you know these facts about heart disease?

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for men, women, and people of most racial and ethnic groups in the United States. So, what can you do about it?

What are the key causes of heart disease?

High blood pressure, high blood cholesterol, and smoking are key risk factors for heart disease. Several other medical conditions and lifestyle choices can also put people at a higher risk for heart disease, including:

• Diabetes
• Overweight and obesity
• Unhealthy diet
• Physical inactivity
• Excessive alcohol use

How do I prevent heart disease?

By living a healthy lifestyle, you can help keep your blood pressure, cholesterol, and blood sugar levels normal and lower your risk for heart disease and heart attack. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), you can also choose healthy food and drinks, regular physical activity, healthy weight, and quit smoking.

Where can I get help?

The first step is to have a primary care provider, one that knows you and you see on a regular basis. Second, get a yearly physical and third, if you need to quit smoking, your provider can help with smoking cessation programs.

At Finger Lakes Community Health, we have providers that care for everyone, entire families in fact. We not only offer medical services, but we also have dental and behavioral health services. But it all starts with a primary care provider.

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