Heart Health Facts from Your Cupertino Dentist

In honor of Heart Health Awareness month, Dr. Randall LaFrom and our staff would like to educate our readers and patients on heart disease. The most common fatal illness in the United States for both men and women are heart-related diseases. Many patients can greatly reduce their risk for developing heart disease by adopting a healthy, active lifestyle.

Facts About Heart Disease

  • Heart-related illness is the number one killer in all major ethnic groups except the Native American population.
  • In the United States, one out of every four people will suffer from heart disease.
  • About 700,000 people will suffer their first heart attack this year.
  • Heart disease is projected to cost the United States government over $108 billion.
  • The most common form of heart-related illness is coronary heart disease.
  • Most deaths attributed to heart attacks occur outside of a hospital.

Risk Factors that Contribute to Heart Disease

  • High cholesterol
  • High blood pressure
  • Obesity
  • Tobacco use
  • Inactive lifestyle

Preventing Heart Disease

We advise that our patients adopt an active lifestyle with regular aerobic exercise because it strengthens the heart muscle. Jogging, cycling, fitness walking, and swimming are great examples of cardiovascular exercise. Patients should exercise a minimum of 30 minutes at a time at least three times a week. In addition, we encourage patients to eat a diet that is rich in whole grains and fiber and reduce saturated fat intake. Saturated fats such as butter and lard contribute to unhealthy levels of cholesterol.

We invite our patients with heart disease or patients who are at risk for developing heart disease to feel welcome in discussing their conditions with us. Although we provide excellent dental care, our staff truly cares about your general wellbeing. To schedule an appointment with Dr. LaFrom, contact our Cupertino dentist office at (408) 996-8595. We serve patients from San Jose, Cupertino, Sunnyvale, Saratoga, Campbell, and Santa Clara County.

~ by cupertinodentist on February 23, 2012.

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