Heart disease affects one in 4; could you be one of them?

Originally posted on Baptist Health Paducah:

Dr. McElroy You may realize you should lose a few pounds, quit smoking, exercise more or stop eating so many sweets. But did you know those lifestyle choices put you at real risk for heart disease? And that’s serious business because heart disease is the nation’s leading killer.

Even though heart disease affects 26.6 million Americans, those lives could be improved dramatically if we’d change our habits.

Coronary heart disease occurs when blood vessels to the heart muscle do not function normally. The risk for heart disease can increase when heredity is combined with unhealthy lifestyle choices, such as smoking cigarettes and eating a poor diet. Other risk factors include physical inactivity, obesity, excessive alcohol use, high blood pressure and cholesterol and diabetes.

We can’t change our family history but we can eat healthier, exercise and make good lifestyle choices. Commit to make the following six steps to reform your health:

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