Healthy Heart 101: It’s never too early to start taking care of your heart

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HIGH POINT, N.C. -- According to the American Heart Association, cardiovascular disease is the leading global cause of death, accounting for 17.3 million deaths per year! The statistic is staggering; however, there are things we can do to reduce our risk of developing heart disease. A good start is learning about the risk factors for the disease and understanding which ones we can modify, such as smoking, poor diet and inactivity.

Studies support that leading a sedentary lifestyle increases our risk of a variety of life-threatening health conditions, as well as increases the incidence of early onset of these diseases, including heart disease. This proves the significant importance of exercise. Try to fit exercise into your routine every day. This doesn’t mean you have to kill yourself at the gym for two hours every day--instead of taking the elevator, take the stairs or park farther away from the store when you are out shopping on the weekends. Every little bit counts!

And we can’t forget diet—the benefits of maintaining a healthy balanced diet are astounding, especially in the arena of reducing the risk of heart disease. Make an effort to fit a mix of vegetables, fruit and lean protein into your meals each day. We aren’t saying you can’t ‘cheat’ and have your favorite comfort foods every once and a while, but the key word here is MODERATION.

“Eating right, exercising regularly and quitting bad habits like smoking takes effort; however, it pays off majorly in the long run,” states Dr. Koneswaran, with Cone Health Medical Group HeartCare. “Trust me; your ticker will thank you.”

To learn more, visit http://www.conehealth.com/wellness-on-demand/ on February 10th to catch the video release of “Ticker Talk: Not Just Your Parent's Disease.” Dr. Koneswaran talks more about preventing heart disease, and you will get the chance to hear inspiring survivors' stories from people living with heart disease.

Spokesperson Background:

Dr. Suresh Koneswaran is a cardiologist at Cone Health Medical Group HeartCare at Annie Penn and Eden. Dr. Koneswaran received his medical degree at Kasturba Medical College-Manipal Academy of Higher Education in India in 2001. He completed his residency in internal medicine at the University of Minnesota in 2006, and completed his fellowship in cardiology at the University of Toledo in 2009.