Beating Heart Disease

by Emily Baird on February 21, 2010 at 5:49 am

Some local residents are standing up to heart disease.

About 300 people gathered at The Fieldhouse this afternoon to take part in the Southeast Ohio Heart Walk, including a number of survivors.

"Our survivors truly are able to-for the most part-get back to a normal, functioning lifestyle. Unlike some other diseases, with heart disease, somebody could be walking down the street and be functioning normally, " says American Heart Association representative, Brenda Houston.

It’s a good idea to keep track of your family history to see if heart disease is hereditary.

"Most people just don’t realize that heart disease is the number one cause of death, affecting one out of every two Americans. So, for people to come out today in a big way, if they can reach their friend, their friends, and just let them know that heart disease is the number one cause of death and advocate on the behalf of their doctor’s office, we hope to save more lives, " says Houston.

It’s important to realize too that heart disease can be prevented by living a healthy lifestyle, includes yearly check-up’s, eating well, and exercising.