Don’t become a statistic! Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death for men & women in the United States and within Pennsylvania, affecting more than 25 percent of residents each year. Fortunately, there are things you can do today to reduce your chances of getting heart disease.
- Put the smokes down!
Smoking by itself increases the risk of coronary artery disease, by increasing blood pressure, harming you blood cells and increasing the tendency of blood clots. Learn More
- Eat Right!
You know the drill: yes to the fresh fruits and vegetables, lean meats and fish, no to the added sugar and salt. And since you know it – do it! Learn More
- Eat right while eating out.
Look at the menu ahead of time. Find two things you like, and make the healthier choice of the two. Over time, that method has you eating leaner and better, which will help lower your blood pressure and your cholesterol. Learn More
- Meditate for just 5 minutes a day.
It lowers stress, a risk factor for heart disease. To do it: sit comfortably, close your eyes, and take deep, slow breaths. Focus on your breathing. Learn More
- Surround yourself with family and friends.
Being social has been shown to reduce risk of loneliness – and heart attacks. Learn More
- Stay hydrated.
We know – you’re constantly told to drink more water. Here’s the reason: your body relies on water to keep electrolytes in balance. Learn More