Take Care of Your Heart This Month

Lawndale News Chicago's Bilingual Newspaper - Commentary

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), nearly 600,000 people in the United States die each year from heart disease. The CDC also reports that a quarter of Hispanics have high blood pressure.

Coronary heart disease happens when plaque forms in the artery walls, restricting normal blood flow through the body. This plaque is made up of cholesterol, calcium and other substances.

There are many risks factors causing coronary heart diseases, some related to your lifestyle or medical conditions, including high cholesterol, high blood pressure, being overweight, excessive alcohol consumption, and smoking.

When a clogged artery restricts your flow of blood, you may experience chest pains, irregular heartbeat or arrhythmias, heart failure or even heart attack.

To reduce the risk of getting these or other heart diseases, take your blood pressure every six months and go over the results with your doctor. It’s also a good idea to eat well, exercise and not smoke.

Along with a balanced diet and exercise regimen, your physician may also prescribe medication to treat heart disease. If your condition is more advanced, bypass surgery may be needed to allow the blood to return to its normal flow.

Get additional health tips and other relevant information at USA.gov and GobiernoUSA.gov, the U.S. Government’s official web portals in English and Spanish, and part of the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA).


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