On December 3rd DOCTOR BASIL MARGOLIS presented the facts about heart disease.
“One person dies every minute from a heart attack in the United States.” Doctor Margolis started his slide presentation with that message in large, starkly printed black letters on a white background for maximum contrast. To drive home this fact, he stated that during his 15 minute presentation 15 people in the US would die of some form of coronary heart disease.
His next slide stressed the fact that he wasn’t just talking about men. He pointed out that heart disease is also the leading cause of death in women as well. In the same large stark lettering as before he writes that heart attacks are an Equal Opportunity Disease.
Dr. Margolis took time to explain each of the risk factors noted here:
- High Cholesterol
- Cigarette Smoking
- Sedentary Lifestyle
- Family History of Heart Disease
While any one of these factors is cause for concern, any multiple of these risk factors taken in combination exponentially elevates your chance of coronary heart disease.
Dr. Margolis wanted us all to be aware that the last two factors where the only un-avoidable risk factors.
Several slides bore out evidence of the dangers of smoking to your health. In another slide he showed us a simple but dramatic difference exercise can make. He stressed that even a simple walk, 3 times a week for 45 minutes can decrease your risk of heart disease by half. HALF!
To sum up his presentation he left us with “Life’s Simple Seven”. His short and easy list of items to watch for could save you from a heart attack.
Life's Simple Seven:
- Smoking Status
- Physical Activity
- Dietary Intake
- Blood Sugar
- Blood Pressure