Live Well Wednesday

Heart and Stroke Disease: Leading Health Threats

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At Compass Community Health Care Center we are dedicated to providing the best health care possible. We are listening to our patients, families, and community with their health concerns and questions. Watch for #LiveWellWednesday posts each Wednesday, which focus on giving you the information and tips you need to understand current health care concerns and topics.

Today’s topic is Heart Disease: A Leading Health Threat by Ryan Carpenter, Compass Community Health Care Center Family Nurse Practitioner.

In honor of June being Men’s Health Awareness Month, we will be highlighting ways to help keep men on the road to good health, all this month during our #LiveWellWednesday posts. Be sure and check back each Wednesday afternoon for more information on men’s health with Ryan Carpenter, Compass Community Health Care Center Family Nurse Practitioner. 

We’ve all been told about the importance of heart health in our daily lives, and the fact that heart disease and stroke are the leading causes of death in both men and women.  It’s a huge global public health problem, and in the U.S. we have some of the highest rates in the world.

In cardiovascular disease, cholesterol plaques block the arteries in the heart and brain.  If a plaque becomes unstable, a blood clot forms, blocking the artery, causing a heart attack or stroke.

One in five men and women will die from cardiovascular disease.  For unclear reasons, though, men’s arteries develop atherosclerosis, or a “hardening of the arteries,” earlier than women’s.  According to the director of the Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention at the CDC, Darin Labarthe, MD, “men’s average age for death from cardiovascular disease is under 65, and women catch up about six years later.”

Even in adolescence, girls’ arteries look healthier than boys’.  Experts believe women’s naturally high levels of good cholesterol (HDL) are partly responsible.  Men have to work much harder to reduce their risk for heart disease and stroke.  Here are some great ways men can reduce their risk:

  • Get your cholesterol checked, beginning at age 25 and every 5 years thereafter.
  • Control your blood pressure and cholesterol.
  • Increase your physical activity level to 30 minutes per day, most days of the week.
  • Eat more fruits and vegetables and less saturated or trans fats.

Speak up, because no one knows your body better than you! At Compass Community Health Care Center, we’re here to discuss any questions or concerns you may have.  Please contact our office at 740-355-7102 to schedule an appointment.

#CompassCares    #LiveWellWednesday

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