Heart disease prevention for Southwest Georgians

Heart disease prevention for Southwest Georgians

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Heart disease is the number one cause of death in the United States, affecting millions of Americans each year.

Doctors are urging everyone to keep an eye on their diet and exercise.

Be aware of the risk factors like smoking and high blood pressure.

The American Heart Association recommends controlling cholesterol and watching your weight by eating right and being active.

District Health Director for Southwest Georgia Public Health Department, Doctor Charles Ruis said adults should get at least 150 minutes of vigorous physical activity weekly.

“We recommend having a buddy, it’s good to have an encourages. Having someone to exercise with, having someone to hold us accountable,” said Ruis.

Charles Ruis, District Health Director, Southwest Health District for the Georgia Dept. of Public Health (Source: WALB)
Charles Ruis, District Health Director, Southwest Health District for the Georgia Dept. of Public Health (Source: WALB)

Seeing your doctor regularly can give you advice on taking preventative measures.

But if you think you're at risk you need to know the symptoms for having a heart attack.

Men typically have the classic signs such as a crushing pain in the chest, shortness of breath and dizziness.

Women often times have unexplained weakness and pain in the neck jaw or stomach.

“We don’t want to just roll the dice and hope that we live to be an old age without heart disease," explained Ruis. “The wise choice would be to consult a physician, have your risks analyzed, find out what your risk is. And if you are at risk then take the steps necessary to reduce that risk.”

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