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Dear Student Doctors,


Heart Health Month


Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States and is a major cause of disability. The most common heart disease in the United States is coronary heart disease, which often appears as a heart attack.

In 2010, an estimated 785,000 Americans had a new coronary attack, and about 470,000 had a recurrent attack. About every 25 seconds, an American will have a coronary event, and about one every minute will die from one.


  1. Make at-risk patients aware of the signs and symptoms of a heart attack. This may include:
    • chest discomfort
    • shortness of breath
    • sweating
    • nausea
    • light-headedness
    • shooting pain down the arm
  2. Encourage healthy diets including:
    • Decreased intake of trans- and saturated fat. (Replace it with lean meats and poultry with skin removed.)
    • Decreased intake of foods high in salt and/or sugar
    • Decreased serving portions
    • Cutting back on alcohol
  3. Encourage cigarette cessation and moderate intensity exercise for AT LEAST 2.5 hours each week
  4. Remember to take blood pressure and weight at every visit!