Media Contact: Keith.O’Connor@baystatehealth.org, 413-794-7656
SPRINGFIELD – Baystate Medical Center is urging everyone to “Love Your Heart” during American Heart Month in February by taking the Baystate Heart Healthy Pledge and breaking bad habits by adopting a heart healthy lifestyle.
“The more risk factors you have, the greater your chance of developing coronary artery disease. But, the good news is that 80 percent of heart disease is preventable. You can prevent or delay heart disease by beginning today to adopt a heart healthy lifestyle,” said Dr. Quinn Pack of Baystate Medical Center’s Heart & Vascular Program.
Simply by visiting the Baystate Health website at baystatehealth.org or facebook.com/baystatemc, you can print out the Baystate Heart Healthy Pledge to check off one or all of the five pledges you would like to achieve. Once checked off, place the pledge on your refrigerator, desk at work, or anywhere that will serve as a daily reminder. The five pledges are: Stop Smoking, Move More, Know My Numbers, Lose Weight, and Eat Healthy.
Dr. Pack offers the following additional tips to help with your pledges:
“You can quadruple your success rate to stop smoking if you talk with a coach by calling 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669), and by getting smoking cessation medications from your doctor. As for getting more active, why not join a gym or go walking outdoors or in the local mall when the weather is bad? And, make it more fun by bringing a friend along,” said Dr. Pack.
“Exercise and eating healthy can also help you to lose weight. If you are obese and unsuccessful at weight loss, ask your doctor about weight-reduction surgery. Also, there are many prescription medications available that can lower your cholesterol and blood pressure, and regulate your blood sugars. These medications are fairly inexpensive, easy to take, and have only infrequent side effects,” he added.
Once you begin working on your heart healthy pledges, visit our Facebook page to share your successes and offer helpful tips for others on their journey to success – and maybe even add a photograph of how you are “Loving Your Heart,” such as by walking or eating a healthy meal.
To learn more about Baystate Medical Center’s life-saving cardiac capabilities, visit baystatehealth.org/bhvp.