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Fall & Winter 1996
Fall & Winter 1996

Cardiac Corner
Maria Geyer, R.N., Century Cardiac Care

Can you believe that summer is gone already and the splendor of fall is just around the corner? It is a beautiful time of the year to be walking the trails and lined with their new collage of colors. Just like the changing colors of the leaves are necessary for healthy growth, in spring, life style changes are necessary for a strong, healthy heart.

If you continue walking 30 minutes daily, five times weekly, then you are controlling one of your risk factors for heart disease. Now it's time to look at your other risk factors. Remember that cardiovascular disease is the result of year after year of stress factors played on your heart.

There are two types of risk factors. Those that you can control and those you cannot. The ones you cannot control are:

  • Age - risk increases with age
  • Sex - men and post-menopausal women are at highest risk
  • Heredity - close relatives with C.A.D. before the age of 60 place you at a higher risk
  • Race - members of the black race have a greater risk

The Controllable factors are:

  • Weight - if you are overweight, your heart has to work harder to PULL blood.
  • High Blood Pressure - causes greater stress
  • Diet - high cholesterol and triglycerides
  • Stress - an event is not stressful; it is how we react that determines stress
  • Diabetes - keep sugar under control
  • Smoking - definitely causes C.A.D.
  • Inactivity - people who engage in vigorious repetitive excersise have a lower incidence

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