Did you know that February is American Heart month?
Heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women in the United States. Every year 1 in 4 deaths are caused by heart disease. Heart disease can often be prevented when people make healthy choices and manage their health. Controlling and preventing risk factors is also important for people who already have heart disease. Here are just a few ideas to help lower your risk:
- Encourage family to make small changes, like using spices to season food instead of salt.
- Motivate teachers to make physical activity a part of the school day. This helps students start a good habits early
- Watch your weight
- Quit smoking and stay away from secondhand smoke
- Control your cholesterol and blood pressure
- Get active and eat healthy
- Drink in moderation
A major risk factor for heart disease and stroke is high blood cholesterol. Nearly 1 in 3 adults in the United States has high blood cholesterol.
How can American Heart Month make a difference?
We can use this month to raise awareness about heart disease and how people can prevent it — both at home and in the community.
XRA Medical Imaging can help you and your physician prevent a heart attack by performing a calcium scoring exam.Cardiac CT for Calcium Scoring is used to view a patient's coronary arteries to determine if there are blockages or or buildup of plaque. The plaque that is seen in arteries is usually a buildup of fat and other substances that can, over time, limit or block blood flow through the vessel. These are the same vessels that that supply blood to the heart. A patient who has calcified plaque narrowing the coronary arteries can be diagnosed with Coronary Artery Disease (CAD), which puts patients at a higher risk for a heart attack. If you feel that you are at a higher risk of heart attack, ask your doctor about coming to XRA Medical Imaging to receive a Cardiac CT for Calcium Scoring exam. Once you know your risk, your physician can put you on the path to keeping your heart healthy.
- Take action: Be the cure! Join the American Heart Association’s national movement to support healthier communities and healthier lives.