The Chamber Review January/February 2019 - Page 38

A HEALTHY HEART

By Tewodros Kidane, MD, Family Medicine Physician, Kaiser Permanente Fresno

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women in the United States. Each year, 1 out of 4 people in the U.S. dies of heart disease.

The heart is a muscle that acts as a pump to circulate oxygen and nutrients in your blood to the rest of your body. But when the arteries in your heart become diseased, the heart can’t get the blood it needs to pump efficiently.

High rates of obesity and high blood pressure are putting more people at risk of developing heart disease at a younger age.

By taking prevention to heart, there are ways to reduce your risk of developing heart disease. Making healthy choices and staying active are keys to keeping your heart healthy. Even small changes – such as drinking fewer sodas, using

I tell my patients who are feeling down during the holidays that there are some ways to manage some of

Kaiser Permanente researchers have found that lifestyle changes and medications can contribute to lowering heart disease rates by as much as 20 to 30 percent.

As a family medicine physician in our Clovis Medical Offices, I encourage my patients to stay heart healthy by looking for ways to prevent heart disease from developing. Some people are more at risk for developing heart disease based on their family history, but other risk factors can be minimized. Smoking or being inactive are things you can change.

February is Heart Month – a perfect time to make some heart healthy changes. Not only will you be on your way to preventing heart disease, but you also will be more likely to live a longer, healthier life.