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THERE'S MORE TO HEART DISEASE PREVENTION THAN ABC, ELIZABETH TRACEY REPORTS

ABCs are the anchor of the new federal "Million Hearts" campaign to prevent heart disease and death, but Michael Blaha, a cardiologist at Johns Hopkins, says at least two other letters should be added.

BLAHA: We add in, which I think is also important, a D for diet and an E for exercise, to emphasize that its not only the risk factors you need to reduce but to emphasize the healthy lifestyles you need to increase. :12

Blaha says adding these two factors could actually prevent heart disease from beginning at all.

BLAHA: Medicines are important and the government emphasizes medications here for blood pressure and cholesterol, but even more important, if we eat right and exercise we can prevent those risk factors from occurring, this is what we call 'primordial' prevention, prevention of risk factors from even appearing. That is the best way to prevent heart attacks. :18

Blaha estimates that diet and exercise alone could reduce heart attacks by fifty percent or more. At Johns Hopkins, I'm Elizabeth Tracey.

 



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