Beebe Medical Center Offers Tips on how to Prevent Heart Disease

by Dave on August 12, 2010

Beebe to Kick off “Treat the Beat” Walk

Heart disease is the number one killer of both men and women across the nation. The most common cause of heart disease is narrowing or blockage of the coronary arteries, which supply blood to the heart. This happens over time and is the major cause of heart attacks.

Beebe Medical Center focuses on helping you to understand why these arteries can narrow or be blocked so that we can work together to help prevent heart disease and heart attacks. We cannot change some heart disease risks, such as our age or our hereditary factors. But there are some actions we can take to lower our risk. Those include:

· Avoid the use of tobacco

· Maintain a healthy body weight

· Screen for high blood cholesterol and high blood pressure to make sure that these levels are in a healthy range. A physician should be consulted if they are not.

· Stay physically active. If you have not been active, consult a physician before you start an exercise program.

· Have your glucose checked by a medical professional. High glucose levels can signal diabetes, a high risk for heart disease. If you have diabetes, you should be under the care of a physician. Beebe Medical Center has an excellent diabetes education program that can be accessed by physician referral.

To learn more about the risk factors of heart disease and the Cardio and Vascular program at Beebe Medical Center, please go to www.beebemed.org

On September 12, Beebe Medical Foundation is highlighting our focus on heart disease by hosting its first Treat the Beat 5K walk to support Cardiac and Vascular Services at Beebe Medical Center.

The free event will take place at George H. P. Smith Park at Blockhouse Pond located adjacent to Beebe Medical Center’s main campus in Lewes. Registration will take place at 8 a.m. with the walk beginning at 9 a.m. Beebe exercise physiologists and Quest Fitness trainers will lead warm-up exercises. Beebe’s Nutritional Services will be on hand with heart healthy snacks and Beebe Community Health nurses will check blood pressures. The Cape Gazette and the Sussex County Child Health Promotion Coalition also are supporting the event.

We will be celebrating the successes of our cardiac patients. We invite all of you who are interested in keeping healthy and fit to attend. The walk is free and walkers who register early online will get a T-shirt.

Beebe Medical Center encourages healthy lifestyles through several outreach programs and education for inpatients. Beebe’s Cardiac and Vascular Services include a Cardiac Surgery program in affiliation with Christiana Care Health System, and an Interventional Cardiac program where cardiac physicians do procedures to open clogged arteries to restore blood to the heart.

To register for the Treat the Beat event, please go to the Beebe Medical Center website www.beebemed.org. Or, call the Beebe Medical Foundation at (302) 644-2900.

Beebe Medical Center is a not-for-profit community medical center with a charitable mission to encourage healthy living, prevent illness, and restore optimal health with the people residing, working, or visiting in the communities we serve. For more information, please visit us online at www.beebemed.org

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