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Create your recipe for wholehearted health

Published on August 25, 2015

Create your recipe for wholehearted health

What ingredients are you working with?

Kathleen Mahon, RN, MN, CNP, APHN
CentraCare Heart & Vascular Center

Make healthy choices that will benefit your heart.Metabolic syndrome

More than one-third of Americans have metabolic syndrome (high blood sugar or high blood pressure, waist over 35" [women] or 40" [men] or abnormal cholesterol levels), which increases the risk of developing heart disease and stroke.

Prediabetes or diabetes

Prediabetes means blood sugar levels are higher than normal but not quite high enough to be diabetes. Prediabetes can sneak up on you. Many people with prediabetes develop type 2 diabetes within 10 years. Diabetes increases risk of heart attack and stroke.

Coronary Artery Disease (CAD)

High cholesterol levels lead to the buildup of plaque inside the arteries of the heart and brain. Heart failure can develop. A total blockage results in a heart attack. Coronary artery disease can disturb the heart’s electrical signaling system and cause an abnormal rhythm.

High blood pressure and stroke

Often high blood pressure (hypertension) has no symptoms. It’s important to know if you have hypertension so you can get it under control. Hypertension is a major risk factor for heart disease and the leading cause of stroke. Stroke is the leading cause of disability.

Atrial Fibrillation (AFib)

AFib is the most common serious heart arrhythmia in people over the age of 65. AFib increases stroke risk and can cause heart failure.

Be the executive chef of your life!

Losing just 5 to 10 percent of your weight makes a difference. A healthy diet with lots of fresh fruits and vegetables and that is low in salt and fat and high in fiber can fight back with antioxidants, omega-3 fatty acids and fiber to lower cholesterol and blood pressure. Add in some easy exercise like walking for 30 minutes a day. And, if you smoke, quit. Studies show that these lifestyle changes can reduce risks.

Make us part of your recipe.

Work with your health care provider and specialists to get current medical care to help reduce your risks. We’re here to help you live wholeheartedly.

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Kathleen Mahon

Kathleen Mahon, RN, MN, CNP, APHN
CentraCare Heart & Vascular Center
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