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February 2009 Issue
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Follow These Tips for Good Heart Health

By Katie Pence
Published February 2009

American Heart Month is observed in February to educate the general population about the prevalence and dangers of heart disease in addition to teaching prevention.

Heart disease is a broad term that includes such conditions as heart attack, coronary artery disease and heart failure.

“Exercise, a proper diet, management of cholesterol and blood pressure levels and avoiding smoking are keys to preventing heart disease,” says Imran Arif, MD, assistant professor of medicine in the cardiovascular diseases division at UC.

“Know your risk factors, and pay close attention to your cardiovascular health every day.”

Arif says warning signs of a heart attack include chest discomfort; pain or discomfort in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw or stomach; throat tightness; shortness of breath; cold sweats; lightheadedness; or nausea.

He says anyone experiencing these symptoms should seek immediate treatment.

“Your life depends on it,” Arif adds.

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