Ocala Fire Rescue Encourages Public to Embrace Heart Health Month
Despite holding the rank of leading cause of death among men and women in the United States, heart disease is preventable. For this reason, Ocala Fire Rescue encourages you to embrace heart health month and begin making small changes in your life, and the lives of those you cherish, not only during February but for years to come.
- Talk to your doctor. Regular check-ups are important, even when you are not feeling ill. Ask about behaviors that may put you at risk and set goals to correct or rectify them.
- Mind what you eat. Eating out may be easy, but consuming processed food is detrimental to your health. Aiming to eat a home-cooked meal at least 3 times each week is a good place to start.
- Quit smoking. Did you know that quitting your smoking habit can reduce your risk of heart disease?
- Keep an eye on your cholesterol and blood pressure. While cholesterol is necessary, too much of it can build up in your arteries causing heart disease. Keeping an eye on cholesterol, and your blood pressure – which increases the risk of heart attack and stroke more than any other risk factor – is essential to heart health.
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