Heart disease is the leading cause of the death in the U.S. Over one quarter of all deaths are from heart disease. It is also a major cause of disability. The risk of heart disease increases as you age. You have a greater risk of heart disease if you are a man over age 45 or a woman over age 55. You also are at greater risk if you have a close family member who had heart disease at an early age.
Fortunately, there are many things you can do reduce your chances of getting heart disease. If you’re worried about your risk of heart disease, you should:
- Know your blood pressure and keep it under control
- Exercise regularly
- Stop smoking
- Get tested for diabetes and if you have it, keep it under control
- Know your cholesterol and triglyceride levels and keep them under control
- Eat a lot of fruits and vegetables
- Maintain a healthy weight
Free, Local Health Screenings
At Bon Secours, our cardiac team is passionate about caring for the special cardiovascular needs of Hampton Roads residents. Join us in Portsmouth on February 25th for free body mass index screenings, blood pressure tests, electrocardiograms, ankle-brachial index tests, and glucose/cholesterol screenings.
We will also have a panel discussion with the area’s top cardiovascular physician specialists. Enjoy demonstrations from our vendors, giveaways and heart healthy refreshments.
We encourage interested participants to take our free, online heart health screening before attending and bring the results of their assessment with them to the event.
Register by calling 889-CARE (2273) or visiting the online events page. Screening space is limited and registration is required.