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Doctor says fall weather is perfect time to get outdoors, prevent heart disease and related illness

Oct 1, 2020

World Heart Day helps usher in fall season

One person dies every 36 seconds in the United States from cardiovascular disease or heart disease. It is the leading cause of death for men, women, and people of most racial and ethnic groups in the U.S. World Heart Day is celebrated Sept. 29 of every year and is aimed at drawing attention to heart illness and the range of associated health issues. The day is commemorated to promote preventive steps and changes in lifestyle to avoid cardiovascular diseases that can lead to heart attack, stroke, heart failure and other related illnesses.

Eduardo Pollono, M.D., a cardiologist with the Baptist Health System Physicians Network, said today is the perfect day to learn more about heart disease and how to avoid it. “Heart disease is the No. 1 killer among Americans but is very preventable,” Dr. Pollono said.

 “People should not allow the COVID-19 pandemic to prevent them from heart-healthy activities while at home social distancing. They should also work to make the right choices in the foods they eat. If someone is having symptoms of a heart attack, they should call 911 immediately and get medical attention. Don’t be afraid to go to a hospital or clinic because delaying care is more dangerous to your health in this case,” he said.

Dr. Pollono said the cooler fall weather allows people to stay active while social distancing. He recommends the following heart-healthy activities that are no cost and can be lifesaving later down the road:

  • Walking or jogging outdoors at your home, in your neighborhood or a park
  • Riding a bicycle
  • Exercising in your backyard
  • Walking your dog
  • Playing safe outdoor activities such as Frisbee, tennis, basketball or golf, etc.

Source: U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

View/listen to Dr. Pollono’s interview in Spanish here:

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