American Heart Month

February 11, 2021

Did you know that heart disease is a leading cause of death in the US? February is American Heart Month and focusing on your heart health has never been more important. People with poor cardiovascular health are also at increased risk of severe illness from COVID-19. 

Make heart health a part of your self-care routine with these tips from Dr. Richard Pacca, from Granville Heart and Vascular. 

  1. Stop smoking. It is a very difficult thing to quit, but you will reap the benefits for years to come.  Your primary care physicians are happy to assist you with this, including medications, patches, or talking through it. 
  2. Focus on eating healthy.  Eat foods low in saturated fats and sodium and increase your intake of fruits and vegetables.
  3. Move more.  Not getting enough physical activity puts you at higher risk for heart disease and stroke.  Try to increase your daily activity.  Pressed for time?  Try doing 10 minutes of activity, three times a day. 
  4. Visit your primary care provider regularly to have your blood pressure and cholesterol checked regularly and help prevent heart disease. 


Richard Pacca, MD practices at Granville Heart and Vascular, located at 103 Professional Park Drive in Oxford.  To schedule an appointment with Dr. Pacca, please call 919.690.8853. 

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