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60 Seconds to Better Health: Heart Health

This content is sponsored by Kaiser Permanente

February 4, 2019

This is Dr. Bill Keen, Assistant medical director and cardiologist for Kaiser Permanente San Diego with an important message about heart health.

Although huge strides have been made in the treatment of cardiovascular disease, it remains the leading cause of death among Americans. Fortunately, there are steps you can take to reduce your odds in the first place. 

Step one: Know your numbers.  High cholesterol and high blood pressure increase your risk for heart attack, heart failure and stroke. 

And high blood sugar levels not only increase your risk of heart disease but can also lead to kidney problems and eye disease.

Step two: Work with your health care team to develop a plan that’s right for you to lower your levels.  Often this can be achieved by making simple lifestyle changes and taking medications.

Remember, you can greatly reduce your risk factors by taking prevention to heart.

For more information, visit kp.org/sandiego.com