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How Healthy Is Your Heart?

The American Heart Association states that more than 81 million people in the United States have some form of cardiovascular disease. By making healthy changes in your life, you can reduce your risk of adding to this statistic.

Maintaining a healthy diet, exercising regularly and quitting smoking can provide a number of heart-healthy benefits by helping you stay
trim and manage your blood pressure, blood sugar and cholesterol. Still, even with the best efforts, some people may need help from their physicians.

Your health care provider can develop a prevention plan to manage any risk factors for heart disease, which may include diabetes,
smoking, family history, and elevated cholesterol and blood pressure levels. You may even consider undergoing a vascular screening
to check for plaque buildup in the arteries or low blood pressure in the legs if your physician deems it necessary.

“A vascular screening is an inexpensive way to determine a person’s risk of conditions such as peripheral arterial disease, a circulatory condition that restricts blood flow in the legs,” says Mark Peterman, M.D., medical director of Heart and Vascular Services and interventional cardiologist on the medical staff at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Plano. “People older than age 50 who have risk factors for cardiovascular disease may benefit from this screening.”

If you would like more information or to find out the cost of a vascular screening at Texas Health Plano, call 1-877-THR-WELL (1-877-847-9355).

(Summer 2011)

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