Knowing risk factors is critical to prevent heart disease

Many local women are recovering from high blood pressure

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Dozens of local residents celebrated “Go Red for Women” on Friday at Baystate Medical Center on treadmills, bikes, and ellipticals.

These residents know first hand the dangers of high blood pressure and high cholesterol. They’re all recovering from cardiovascular diseases. Knowing the risk factors can be critical to preventing heart disease. Some of the biggest risks include smoking, stress, and extra weight.

One Chicopee woman told 22News she visits the doctor regularly, but that wasn’t enough to prevent her heart problems. Barbara A. Yates said, “They keep track of your cholesterol and things like that, but in my case it just didn’t show up that much.

According to clinical exercise physiologist Heidi Szalai, “Exercise is critically important for all of our heart risk factors, cholesterol being one of them, it can be a big help to impact our HDL which is actually our good cholesterol.”

If you have high cholesterol or high blood pressure, doctors recommend signing up for a cardiac rehabilitation program. Click Here for information on heart disease and “Go Red for Women.”

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