The well-being of your heart could mean life or death.
As American Heart month approaches in February physicians want us to protect our hearts.
Heart disease kills over 600,000 people annually according CDC records.
Physician Assistant Wesley Morris at the Ccommunity Health Center of Central Wyoming, "Nationwide heart disease, cardio vascular disease is one of the biggest killers in the US. Unfortunately it’s not just affecting men as much as it was in the past but also women too."
Heart disease killed over 300,000 US men in 2013, according to the CDC.
Women killed by heart disease were fewer than 300,000 in 2013.
Nurse practitioners say the warning signs for heart attacks are similar to flu symptoms.
They can affect some of us with clean heart history.
Brenda Threlkeld, Casper Cardiologist commented, "Pain in your right arm or in both arms it can be radiating in your back it can be radiating in both sides of your neck. So you have the typical presentation of left arm substernal obviously right underneath your heart and then radiating but you also want to look for other factors, both arms to your back just one arm, pain with numbness to your fingers; so especially for women that a typical presentation is what I want to emphasize."
To protect our hearts, medical professionals recommend cutting out fast foods.
Another option recommended, moderating or cutting alcohol and caffeine consumption.
Physician assistants say both irritate the lining of your heart.
Try eating naturally bright fruits and vegetables with high antioxidants and of course don't forget about exercise.
Physician assistants advise 30 to 60 minutes of daily exercise.
Toni Patik at Sage Primary Care commented, “A lower carb diet incorporating that exorcise are all great things people could do real time right now today."
Crafting a better heart today, so it beats tomorrow.
According to CDC reports, heart disease is the leading cause of deaths for African Americans, Hispanics and Whites in the US.