(WUTR-TV) — According to CDC, heart disease is the leading of death in men and women of all ethnicities in the united states. Unlike other serious conditions, Dr. Michael Kelberman, the Director of Clinical Cardiology a MVHS says the majority of heart disease is preventable.
“That includes a healthy diet, a healthy body weight, regular exercise, good sleep habits and overall healthy lifestyle. That has shown to dramatically impact the incidents of heart disease.” – Dr. Michael Kelberman, Medical Director of Clinical Cardiology, MVHS
Dr. Kelberman says a common misconception is that your family history determines your heart’s health.
“Your genes are not your destiny. And the reason’s that so is because even if you have a family history of heart disease, if you change your environment, change how you do things, you’ll have a different outcome.” – Dr. Michael Kelberman, Medical Director of Clinical Cardiology, MVHS
Another misconception being that it’s a disease that only impacts the elderly.
“Yes it is a disease of the older generation and we clearly have a lot of that but I like to emphasize that middle aged folks get a lot of heart disease and we really need to be cognizant of that.” – Dr. Michael Kelberman, Medical Director of Clinical Cardiology, MVHS
Common symptoms include chest pain, tightness, pressure, discomfort and shortness of breath. If you’re experiencing of these, contact your doctor to seek emergency medical treatment.