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Health Care Workers Focus on Heart Health

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DOVER, Del. - This Valentine's Day, some may have their hearts set on chocolates, wine and gifts, but health care workers in Kent County are encouraging folks to focus on their heart health.

February is Heart Health Month. 

"We have better screening techniques and we are seeing patients sooner but we do still see a lot of late entry heart disease patients who need heart surgery," said Debbie Warshawsky, nurse practitioner for Bayhealth at Kent General Hospital in Dover.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, every year about 715,000 Americans suffer a heart attack.

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women.

"It's amazing to find out how many people in our community have come into the cath lab and have had stents or have had open heart surgery," said Jacque Thomas, Advanced Cardiovascular Technologist for Bayhealth at Kent General Hospital.

Health care workers also hold community events to educate more people about heart health.

Workers say exercising for about 30 minutes a day is just one thing that can help lower the risk of heart disease.

"Not only for your heart, but for every organ in your body and it just to make you feel better," said Thomas.

While some are thinking about those Valentine's chocolates and a night out for dinner, health care workers say try thinking of a healthier option.

"There's certainly nothing wrong with going out for sushi on Valentine's Day rather than coming with a box of chocolates. You can have salads and get back to basics," said Warshawsky.

The CDC also recommends, along with exercising, monitoring blood pressure, eliminating smoking, and eating foods low in saturated fat, trans fat, cholesterol and sodium can help build a stronger heart.

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