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Listen to Your Heart
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  “Heart health can be easier to achieve than you might think,” said Gerald Sotsky, M.D., Chair of Cardiac Services for Valley Medical Group (VMG). Adds Benita Burke, M.D., Medical Director of VMG’s Heart Care for Women practice, “It doesn’t require hours of grueling exercise or giving up all of your favorite foods. A few simple lifestyle changes can make all the difference.”

Here are some tips to get you on your way:
• Exercise 30 to 60 minutes a day on most days of the week. This can be as simple as taking a daily walk.
• Maintain a healthy weight.
• Quit or don't start smoking.
• Eat a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts and legumes, limiting highly refined carbohydrates and saturated fats.

It's equally important to be alert to the signs and symptoms of a heart attack, which can include:

• uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain in the center of your chest;
• pain or discomfort in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw or stomach;
• shortness of breath with or without chest discomfort;
• nausea, lightheadedness, or breaking out in a cold sweat; and
• chest pain or discomfort.

To raise awareness of the cause, symptoms, and prevalence of heart disease The Valley Hospital has established the Cardiac Screening Program. The Program offers free comprehensive heart risk assessments to individuals between the ages of 20-79. Everyone should know if they have risk factors for heart disease. Learn more about Valley’s free heart risk assessment for men and women.

 
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