In our opinion: The pressure is rising on battling heart disease

Messages aimed at encouraging women with heart disease to adopt healthier behaviour may be more effective if they focus more on everyday activities of life and less on calorie counts or body weight new U of A research suggests

Messages aimed at encouraging women with heart disease to adopt healthier behaviour may be more effective if they focus more on everyday activities of life and less on calorie counts or body weight new U of A research suggests

· Only 1 in 5 American women believe that heart disease is her greatest health threat.

While it's important to consider the symptoms and effects of heart disease all year long, and to take steps to reduce your risk of developing it, February is the time when special attention is drawn to the condition. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says heart disease and stroke cost the economy $1 billion per day in medical costs and lost productivity. Numerous risk factors for heart disease can be eliminated with diet, exercise and taking steps to quit smoking.

During the week of February 11 to 15, stop by any of their offices to pick up brochures on high blood pressure, stroke and other heart related materials. In fact, after decades of steady decline, deaths from cardiovascular disease rose by nearly 4,000 between 2015 and 2016.

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You can help change this pattern by evaluating your risk factors and taking action. But it is, doctors say, an important reminder to make some lifestyle changes. While almost 80 percent of cardiac events can be prevented through education and lifestyle changes, cardiovascular diseases continue to be a woman's greatest health threat. Doctors say it is also a warning about increasingly sedentary lifestyles.

Factors like genetics and age can't be changed; however, you can take extra caution to try and control genetic factors with choices you make every day. He encourages Utahns to "know your numbers:" Blood pressure, cholesterol/lipids, blood sugar and body mass index, or BMI. "We advise our patients to maintain a healthy lifestyle to avoid heart disease", said Dr. Manazir.

In Oklahoma, the onset of heart disease is all too prevalent.

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