FROM THE FIRE CHIEF'S CORNER: FEBRUARY IS HEART AWARENESS MONTH

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By Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna

It’s February, put your Heart into it!

February 2, 2015 (San Diego's East County) - Heart disease kills over a half million people every year. It’s no surprise February is Heart Awareness month. Together, we all can prevent and cardiovascular disease (CVD), one step at a time says Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna.

First, check with your Doctor. And then monitor your blood pressure. High blood pressure often has no symptoms, so be sure to have it checked on a regular basis.

Get your cholesterol checked and eat a healthy diet. Choosing healthful meal and snack options can help you avoid CVD and its complications.

Maintain a healthy weight. Being overweight or obese can increase your risk for CVD. Exercise regularly. Physical activity can help you maintain a healthy weight and lower cholesterol and blood pressure.

Don't smoke. Cigarette smoking greatly increases your risk for CVD. Limit alcohol use. Avoid drinking too much alcohol, which can increase your blood pressure.

Manage your diabetes. If you have diabetes, monitor your blood sugar levels closely. Take your medicine. If you're taking medication to treat high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, or another condition, follow the instructions carefully.

Need more inspiration? Try the "28 Days to a Healthier Heart" tips which can inspire you throughout February and all year long!


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