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Take Charge of Your Cardiac Health: February 11, 2011

Books. Newspapers. TV Shows. The internet. Anything anyone ever needs to know about the heart is within reach. “Compared to 20 years ago, our patients are much more educated than they were before,” suggests Lee Memorial Health System cardiologist, Dr. Richard Chazal.

He says new procedures, medications and technology are helping the medical community spread the message. “There’s a lot in the media, there’s a lot more awareness of cardiovascular disease and in particular with women, because 20 years ago, cardiac disease was thought of as a disease that affected principally men, and now we know that women are at risk of heart disease and remember, that’s still the number one killer of both genders.”

News can travel fast when medical advancements are made, almost too fast. “Sometimes its information overload and there always is a risk of misinformation.” Dr, Chazal says there’s one way to make sure you know what’s right and what’s wrong when it comes to your health. “It's great to have that much information but I recommend to people when in doubt, you need to make sure you talk to your doctor about this and be certain this is really legit stuff. “

When it comes to taking charge of your cardiac health, cardiologists recommend you stop smoking, maintain a healthy diet, exercise, and keep your cholesterol and blood pressure in check. This information you can take to heart.