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Statistics show that a heart attack occurs every four seconds in the United States. It’s something the nation experiences more than most other countries. Experts attribute this to diet and genetics, which is why February is American Heart Month, a reminder for us to take care of our hearts and to help Americans lower their risk for developing heart disease.
Annette Patellos is the Director of Cardiac Care at Adventist Health Castle. “It’s so important that people are heart healthy primarily because you only have one heart. So if you don’t do it right, you’re going to feel the effects for a lifetime,” Patellos said. She explains that some things to keep an eye on when it comes to keeping your heart healthy are blood pressure and cholesterol levels, along with living an active lifestyle and eating a healthy diet.
Coronary and heart disease can be diagnosed early on, even into the teenage years and early 20’s. Patellos explains that it’s better to start doing screenings and seeing a physician early on in life. “You won’t have to worry about something that you might not be able to reverse because damage has been done,” she said. “Prevention is the best cure when it comes to heart disease.”
When it comes to heart disease, men and women are equally susceptible. “Most men are not good about listening to symptoms that they may have about a heart attack or a possible stroke,” Patellos said. “They wait until the last minute to be seen.”
Heart attack symptoms to look out for include chest pressure and elevated blood pressure that’s out of the norm. “It isn’t just specific to having left arm pain,” Patellos explains. She says it’s important to have a good sense of awareness of how your body is feeling and to contact your doctor if you have any questions.
About Adventist Health Castle
Adventist Health is a faith-based, nonprofit integrated health system serving more than 80 communities on the West Coast and in Hawaii. Founded on Seventh-day Adventist heritage and values, Adventist Health provides care in hospitals, clinics, home care agencies, hospice agencies and joint-venture retirement centers in both rural and urban communities.
Its compassionate and talented team of 35,000 includes associates, medical staff physicians, allied health professionals and volunteers driven in pursuit of one mission: living God’s love by inspiring health, wholeness and hope. Together, it is transforming the American healthcare experience with an innovative, yet timeless, whole-person focus on physical, mental, spiritual and social healing.
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