February is Heart Awareness Month

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women in Michigan and the United States. Every year, 1 in 4 deaths are caused by heart disease. The good news? Heart disease can often be prevented when people make healthy choices and manage their health conditions. Communities, families, and health professionals can work together to create opportunities for people to make healthier choices.

To prevent heart disease and increase awareness of its effects, DMC Medical Group is proudly participating in American Heart Month. By 2030, heart disease cases in Michigan are projected to rise from 600,000 to 2.9 million. But the good news is there’s a lot you can do to prevent heart disease.

You can make healthy changes to lower your risk of developing heart disease. Controlling and preventing risk factors is also important for people who already have heart disease. To lower your risk:

  • Watch your weight.
  • Quit smoking and stay away from secondhand smoke.
  • Control your cholesterol and blood pressure.
  • If you drink alcohol, drink only in moderation.
  • Get active and eat healthy.

Am I at risk for heart disease?

Everyone is at risk for heart disease. But you are at higher risk for heart disease if you:

  • Have high cholesterol or high blood pressure
  • Smoke
  • Are overweight or obese
  • Don’t get enough physical activity
  • Don’t eat a healthy diet

Your age and family history also affect your risk for heart disease. Your risk is higher if:

  • You are a woman over age 55
  • You are a man over age 45
  • Your father or brother had heart disease before age 55
  • Your mother or sister had heart disease before age 65

Individualized Heart Care Devoted to You!

At the DMC Medical Group, we understand your need for experts in every aspect of cardiovascular care. Our leading edge technology and facilities allows our team of DMC Cardiovascular specialists to deliver a full spectrum of services – from advanced diagnostics that allow doctors to see the heart like never before, to an array of minimally invasive procedures that result in shorter hospital stays, reduced pain, and faster recovery to normal activities.

Some of the conditions we specialize in include:

  • Aortic Disease
  • Arrhythmias
  • Atrial Fibrillation
  • Congenital Heart Disease
  • Coronary Artery Disease
  • Heart Failure
  • Heart Valve Disease
  • Pulmonary Hypertension
  • Vascular Disease

Need help taking better care of your heart?

Attend a Seminar
Join DMC for “Taking Care of You: A Heart to Heart Discussion” on Wednesday, February 13, 2019 from 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM at the DMC Heart Hospital. Learn ways to improve your heart health, hear from DMC health experts, get free screenings, and listen to touching testimony from survivors. To register for this free event, visit dmc.org/dmcandyou or call (313) 577-7281.

Take a Heart Quiz
How healthy is your heart? Take our health risk assessment now.

Get a second opinion
Have you been diagnosed with a cardiovascular condition? Exploring all your options is important, especially if other doctors have run out of options to help you. DMC Medical Group Cardiovascular specialists are experienced in treating every level of disease from the most common to the most complex conditions. DMC cardiac care centers are leaders in the region in research and care, and will work with you to decide the best course of treatment. Call 1-888-300-DOCS to schedule a second opinion with one of our experts.