4 Ways to Prevent Heart Attack - Mayo Clinic
The Secret To Preventing Heart Disease Can Be Found In Your Town
When it comes to preventing heart disease, knowledge is power. It's vital to know your numbers, like your blood pressure, cholesterol (including the HDL "good" and LDL "bad" kind) and triglycerides. At the same time, it'salsoimportant to know that you don't have to fight heart disease alone. To help you take action, it's crucial to tap into your community—whether that's asking a friend to join you on walks, getting your sister to send you some of her favorite nutritious recipes or even attending health fairs or heart health screenings at your church or civic center.
"Community to me has meant women coming together for one understanding—that we have to take time for ourselves to be healthy," says Toni Carey, cofounder of the nonprofit Black Girls RUN! and a member of theWoman's Dayand the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) panel, which discussed how community-based programs are making a difference in the battle against heart disease.
"It's important to view heart health as not just the absence of heart disease but really as physical, social and mental well-being," says George Mensah, MD, a keynote speaker at the event, and director of the Center for Translation Research and Implementation Science (CTRIS) at the NHLBI. And a greater well-being is exactly what your community can provide. Find out how to best accessyourcommunity so you can improve your heart health with these tips straight from people working to decrease the disease at the local level.
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