Changes in your lifestyle can improve heart health

Will Kreznick

Dr. Adam Niedelman Until the recent COVID-19 pandemic, heart disease had been the leading cause of death for men, women and people of most racial and ethnic groups in the United States. The statistics are staggering: ● One person dies every 36 seconds in the United States from cardiovascular disease. ● About 655,000 Americans die from heart […]

Dr. Adam Niedelman

Until the recent COVID-19 pandemic, heart disease had been the leading cause of death for men, women and people of most racial and ethnic groups in the United States.

The statistics are staggering:

● One person dies every 36 seconds in the United States from cardiovascular disease.

● About 655,000 Americans die from heart disease each year — that’s 1 in every 4 deaths.

● Every year, about 805,000 Americans have a heart attack.

That sounds serious. And scary. But even small changes can go a long way toward improving your heart health and preventing a catastrophic heart attack or stroke. If you’ve already fallen off from your “live healthier” resolutions, use February as American Heart Month to really buy in to modifying your lifestyle. 

Don’t go overboard and overwhelm yourself. Pick two or three changes, focus on them, and go from there. Think long-term. And, as always, contact your doctor for specific questions and recommendations regarding exercise and diet.

Basic definitions 

Cardiovascular disease is an umbrella term that covers a lot of ground. Some basic definitions are always helpful.

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