March 2, 2023
Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States. Reducing hypertension, a risk factor for heart disease, can prevent heart attacks, strokes and kidney damage said Dr. Louanne Friend, associate professor in the Department of Community Medicine and Population Health for CCHS and assistant residency director for Research and Quality Improvement for UA’s Tuscaloosa Family Medicine Residency Program, which CCHS operates. Adults over the age of 18 should schedule a visit with their primary care provider each year to be screened. Take control of your heart health by eating healthy, increasing physical activity and stopping tobacco use. Most importantly, “know your numbers” including blood pressure, cholesterol, blood sugar and body mass index.