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    Keep Your Heart Healthy

    Keep Your Heart Healthy

    Photo By Petty Officer 3rd Class Nicolas Lopez | Under the supervision of LCDR Patrick Daly, NHCL Cardiologist, Kelly Davis, a RN and...... read more read more

    JACKSONVILLE, NC, UNITED STATES

    02.06.2017

    Story by William Townsend 

    Naval Hospital Camp Lejeune

    There are several controllable medical conditions that can increase the risk of developing heart disease. If high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes are left uncontrolled, they can increase the risk of heart disease. In the case of diabetes, the risk of heart disease can be as high as four times.
    Some of the most common conditions that lead to heart disease can be improved with healthy lifestyle changes. Obesity, alcohol consumption and tobacco use are among the leading factors contributing to heart disease. Healthy diets, along with physical activity are two of the easiest ways to reduce these risks and should be discussed with a health care provider. Genetics can also influence an individual’s risk for developing heart disease.
    Heart disease is the term used for several types of problems affecting the heart. Coronary Artery Disease (CAD) is the most common type of heart disease. CAD kills more than 380,000 people every year. Forty seven percent, or about half of all American adults have at least 1 of the 3 major risk factors for heart disease—high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and smoking. The more risk factors you have, the more likely you are to develop heart disease.
    Nearly 735,000 Americans have a heart attack every year. Family members share genes, behaviors, lifestyles, and environments that can influence their health and their risk for disease. Members of a family can pass these traits from one generation to another. Some of the traits you inherit from your parents can affect your risk for heart disease.
    Cicely Dye, MD, Chief Cardiologist at Naval Hospital Camp Lejeune, says, “As a cardiologist, two of the most common questions I am asked are, how do I prevent myself from getting heart disease or what should I do to become healthier?” Dye says her response is always the same, “First, get moving. Regular physical fitness is a significant part of maintaining a healthy heart. Second, eat healthy and in moderation. Third, stop smoking!”
    Other research shows that heart disease can be precipitated not only physically, but psychologically as well. We put ourselves at risk simply because of the day-to-day stress in our lives. Common stressors for service members and their families can include daily operational commitments, threat of injury or loss of a loved one or friend in combat, or physical fitness tests.
    Nearly 2,150 Americans die each day from heart disease-that's 2,150 reasons to live a healthy lifestyle through diet and exercise coupled with managing your stress. Raise the awareness and keep your heart healthy.
    For more information or if you have specific questions, please call the Nurse Advice Line at 1-800-487-2273 or Naval Hospital Camp Lejeune at 910-450-4357 further guidance, questions or concerns.

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    Date Taken: 02.06.2017
    Date Posted: 02.06.2017 15:13
    Story ID: 222642
    Location: JACKSONVILLE, NC, US 

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