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Rehabilitation and Wellness

Working to Prevent Heart Disease

Did you know that heart disease is the number one cause of death in the United States? Did you know that is the case for both men and women? And the last question, did you know that in most cases heart disease is preventable? Now I’m sure your question for us is how can I prevent it?
Prevention first begins with awareness of your family history. Although you cannot change your genetics, there are things to take into consideration. Maybe your family history is full of heart conditions or maybe not. The more information you can gather from immediate family and some extended family, the better prepared you will be.
Next, a healthy lifestyle and consistent healthy choices also play a role in your ability to prevent heart disease. Research has proven that 30 minutes of exercise every day can have numerous health benefits. Exercise has been shown to increase your tolerance for activity thus lowering your fatigue. Lower body weight and blood pressure have also been noted benefits.
Lastly, an important component of prevention is regular doctor visits. This will update your doctor on changes or new symptoms. It can also be a way to “get ahead of the problem” before it’s too late. A doctor will be able to look at your current health, your family history and therefore make recommendations as needed.
February is American Heart Month. At Wimmer Rehabilitation, we love our patients, we love exercise, and we love helping others achieve the best heart health possible. If you have questions about exercise or general heart health, please call or stop in and see us!