Newswise — Forty-nine percent of the adult population will have at least one risk factor for cardiovascular disease. Heart disease remains the leading cause of death in the United States The good news? It can be prevented. Judith Mackall, MD, Cardiologist at University Hospitals (UH) Case Medical Center in Cleveland, Ohio, offers three tips for men and women to help improve their heart health and reduce the risk of developing heart disease:
1. Exercise – Thirty minutes of moderate exercise every day can have a big impact on heart health. If 30 minutes is too much time to dedicate all at once, no problem! Breaking up exercise into ten minute increments, three times a day, has just as great an effect. In fact, within ten weeks, results have shown that an individual’s cholesterol numbers will improve, blood pressure will come down, and weight will decrease.
2. Make Healthy Food Choices – Dr. Mackall says, remember the “Five Rule.” Consuming at least five fruits and vegetables every day as part of a balanced diet can, among many things, help manage blood pressure and decrease inflammation in the body, preventing risk of cardiovascular disease.
3. Schedule your “Quit Smoking Day” – If you’ve never been a smoker – great. Pat yourself on the back and keep it up. But if you’re a heavy smoker or even a social smoker, it’s time to call it quits.
Dr. Mackall says, “If you smoke, you will knock off seven years of your life. And, if you have cardiovascular disease and you smoke, you’ll die 15 years sooner than you would otherwise.”
Dr. Mackall can be available for interview. Additionally, a VO/SOT package, b-roll, natural sound, and sound bites from Judith Mackall, MD, Cardiologist at UH Case Medical Center, are available on University Hospitals Case Medical Center Newsroom at http://news.uhhospitals.org/.