Do you know someone who has heart disease? Chances are you do. Approximately 26.5 million Americans have been diagnosed with the condition. Kidd Kraddick, a local and nationally well-known DJ who to many was not just a guy on the radio but a friend, recently died of a heart attack in late July. His passing at the age of just 53 made headlines and brought attention to the importance of reducing the risk of heart disease and diagnosing heart problems before they become deadly.

While heart disease is a gradual, lifelong process that you cannot see or feel, you can make lifestyle changes to help prevent heart problems so you can enjoy a healthier life in the years to come.

Eat healthy. A healthy diet includes a variety of grains (especially whole grains), fruits and vegetables. Opt for foods low in saturated and trans fats, cholesterol, added sugar and salt.

Exercise regularly. As little as 30 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity on most days of the week is all you need to protect heart health.

Don’t smoke. The risk of having a heart attack is six times higher for smokers compared to nonsmokers, with the chances increasing depending on the number of cigarettes smoked daily.

Maintain a healthy weight. A weight loss of just five to 10 percent of current weight can help lower the risk for heart disease. Gradual weight loss of one-half to two pounds per week is recommended to ensure long-term success. 

You also can take advantage of a free preventive cardiac screening at Doctors Hospital at White Rock Lake. The baseline screening, which includes a blood cholesterol check, blood pressure monitoring, weight evaluation, glucose check and personal health assessment, will be held Saturday, September 28 from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. The screening is free, but space is limited and reservations are required. Call 866-764-3627 to reserve your appointment today.

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Doctors Hospital at White Rock Lake

9400 Poppy Drive
Dallas, TX 75218


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