Thursday, February 7 2013, 05:50 PM MST
Thinking More About Your Heart
(KUTV) This month we are trying to get you to think a little more about your heart--and we're not just talking Valentine's Day.
February is American Heart Month and there are some steps you can take to reduce your chances of getting heart disease.
Heart disease is the number one killer of both men and women in the United States and we are all at risk of developing heart disease as we age.
"Heart disease is kind of the natural progression of human as they age," Dr. Rex Outtrim, a cardiologist at Intermountain Heart Institute in Murray said. "The wear and tear of the body translates into the buildup of plague and cholesterol that can clog the system the arteries of the heart."
Dr. Rex Outtrim says proper diet and exercise can both reduce your chance of developing heart disease. He says you also need to reduce your stress. "Stress will affect your overall cardiovascular health because of the inflammatory responses that occur with the constant stress that is going on in our lives."
Dr. Outtrim says adults who are at higher risk of developing heart disease, should take one aspirin a day. "Those individuals would benefit from being on an aspirin a day at 81 milligrams and those risk factors that you look for include cholesterol, glucose, diabetes, hypertension and obesity."
If you don't know what your risk factors are, then you should talk to your doctor. If you haven't already, you should be getting your heart checked regularly with an EKG, cholesterol and glucose screening. And also you need to get you blood pressure checked.
"If you get all of those in line and you keep them in line then your heart is going to be a lot healthier," Dr. Outtrim said.
Saturday, you can get a "tune-up" for your heart for free.
Intermountain's Heart Institute is holding its annual Community Healthy Heart Fair in Murray.
You can get free EKG screenings, cholesterol and glucose tests.
And you can get your blood pressure checked.
It is all free and is this Saturday beginning at 9 am.
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