There are ways that men can take charge of their heart health, by making healtheir lifestyle choices. UAMS Cardiologist Dr. David Rutlen says heart disease is big problem in Arkansas, especially for men in the Delta.
He says a third of all men have heart disease. He attributes much of that to hypertension and poor eating habits. If not treated, it could lead to stroke or death. Rutlen says heart disease affects all men, but disproportionately African American men than other ethnic groups. He attributes that to poor eating habits and hypertension.
Rutlen says there are some things men can do to help prevent heart disease. That includes no smoking or use of the other tobacco products. He says eat a diet rich in vegetables, fruits and whole grains.
Rutlen says high cholesterol can be a problem too and reminds men to follow their doctor's recommendations. Exercise, Rutlen says, is very important. Physical activity, like walking, should become a part of your routine. In taking these steps, it will help promote your health and reduce your risks.