The incidence of heart disease and strokes is increasing in the U.S. and there is a new initiative to try and combat the two killers.  Million Hearts is a national initiative to prevent one-million heart attacks and strokes in the U.S. over the next five years.  The Madison County Health Department is on board locally, trying to get area residents to lead healthier lifestyles.

Health Department spokesman Lisa Modrusic says aside from the obvious advice of not using tobacco, lifestyle changes can include improving your diet.  One big improvement is to reduce your sodium intake.

Modrusic comments

She says heart disease and stroke are the first and fourth leading causes of death in the United States, making cardiovascular disease responsible for one out of every three deaths in the country.  If you would like to learn more about heart health, click on the link below, or call 692-8954.

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