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COPD and Heart Health

12 Feb 2014
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February is American Heart Month

Did you know that February is American Heart Month? Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) can actually cause high blood pressure and increase your risk for heart disease. Make sure to not only talk to your doctor about lung health but also about your heart. If you’re experiencing frequent flare-ups, two or more a year, your heart could be in danger of becoming damaged.

COPD and Heart Health Explained

You probably know that COPD is the third leading cause of death in the United States but did you know that heart disease is number 1? Approximately 1 in 4 people die of heart disease each year. There is good news for people wanting to improve their heart health. Simple lifestyle choices can improve your COPD symptoms and subsequently reduce your risk for heart disease.

Tips to Keep You Heart Healthy

Follow these helpful tips from the American Heart Association for heart health. To lower your risk:

• Watch your weight.

• Quit smoking and stay away from secondhand smoke.

• Control your cholesterol and blood pressure.

• If you drink alcohol, drink only in moderation.

• Get active and eat healthy.

This February make sure to get the word out about COPD and heart health. Sometimes we get so focused on the problems with our lungs and end up neglecting other potential health threats to the body. Remember, every major organ relies on oxygen in the bloodstream and therefore is impacted by your COPD.

If you or a loved one has COPD or other lung disease and want to learn more about treatment options, contact us or call 888-745-6697.

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