A local hospital is being proactive in helping to reduce the occurrences of heart disease and heart attacks. February is Healthy Heart Month and Door County Medical Center provides cardiopulmonary services throughout the area. Clinical Exercise Physiologist Sarah Traeger says exercise with a balanced diet is crucial to a healthy lifestyle even after being diagnosed with heart disease.
High-risk factors for heart disease include smoking and diabetes, according to Traeger. According to the American Heart Association, the number one killer of women in America is heart disease. Roughly 133,000 Americans die every year from heart attacks.