February is American Heart Month, a time to truly focus on the heart as heart conditions and issues continue to rise in the country. One true reason for this is because of high cholesterol from unhealthy eating habits, but it doesn’t stop there as tobacco use, and sedentary lifestyles can also attribute to this. If preventative measures aren't taken, by 2030, 40% of the country's population will have some sort of cardiovascular issue, including a stoke, heart disease, a heart attack, and many others.
Dr. Shabaz Mohammad, physician at the Community Medical Clinic in Pana said heart disease and heart attacks are most commonly caused by risks that can be modified.
Dr. Mohammad said the best way to fight heart complications is not to open arteries back up or have surgery, but to prevent them from clogging in the first place.
Dr. Mohammad will be hosting Lunch, Learn, and Live Well, an event where he will talk about taking care of the heart in a casual setting where people can eat and ask questions as he goes. It will be at Pana Community Hospital, on Monday, February 27, from 11:30-12:30.
Dr. Mohammad appeared on the NEWSTALK WTIM Morning Show.