108091681February is American Heart Month! AFC Urgent Care wants to make sure you learn about Cardiovascular Disease and how to prevent it.

Cardiovascular Disease or Heart Disease is a classification of diseases which affect the heart and blood system. This includes strokes and high blood pressure. It is the number 1 killer of both men and women in the US. Men are more than twice as likely to die from Heart Disease. There are various other factors that affect heart disease. Ethnicity and race is a major factor. African Americans are more likely than any other racial group to be diagnosed with high blood pressure.

Many deaths due to Heart Disease are preventable. Risk factors to manage include diet, physical activity, use of tobacco products, stress, and obesity. Make sure to regularly see a doctor for a check up to help screen for Heart Disease. Limit alcohol use and cut out smoking. Manage a healthy weight and diet. If you have diabetes, make sure it is well managed.

If you have any questions about Heart Disease or want to test your cholesterol levels, you can always visit AFC Urgent Care in Clearwater. For more information, call us today at 727-266-1266.