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'Wear Red' Friday to show support of heart healthy living

3:29 PM, Jan. 28, 2013  |  Comments
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On Friday, Feb. 1, Agnesian HealthCare is joining the American Heart Association to encourage others to wear red to show support of heart disease awareness and prevention.

The American Heart Association's National Wear Red Day inspires men and women each year to rally together to raise awareness of heart disease in women. Heart disease is the number one health concern for women.

"This February, we are encouraging everyone to do their hearts a favor," says David Bowman, MD, a board-certified cardiologist with Agnesian HealthCare. "Begin by understanding your unique risk for the disease. Then, take action to reduce that risk through heart healthy choices."

The millions of Americans diagnosed with heart and cardiovascular diseases can benefit from making healthy choices in their day-to-day lives.

For example, eating a nutritious diet is a proven way to reduce the risk for heart disease.

There are certain elements of a heart-healthy diet, like eating fresh fruits and vegetables, limiting saturated and trans fats, eating more chicken and fish, eating whole-grain breads and cereals, and limiting your alcohol and sodium intake.

In addition, regular exercise keeps your heart and the rest of your body in shape. And, smoking is a major risk factor for heart disease. Ask your doctor for information about cessation aids, such as a nicotine patch or inhaler and a counseling/support program.

Chronic anger and stress can damage your heart. Take time for yourself each day. Read a book, listen to music or enjoy a hobby.

"Be proactive when it comes to your heart's health," says Dr. Bowman. "To do so, work with your healthcare provider to reduce your heart disease risk by following up with him or her for treatment for high blood pressure and cholesterol levels."

To learn more, visit agnesian.com

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