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A Crash Course in Cardio Health

cardio healthHOLYOKE, Mass. (WGGB) — Many people associate February with Valentine’s Day. At Baystate Health, this month is all about the heart, too — only in a more literal sense.

February signals the beginning of their Heart and Vascular Health Lecture Series.

Each week, a doctor will talk about the lifestyle changes people can make to prevent a hospital visit.

“The most important thing to do is just don’t smoke,” says Robert Berry, manager of Cardiovascular Rehabilitation and Wellness at Baystate Health. “It’s the worst thing in the world you can possibly do for your health — cardiovascular wise and some other ways too — and then obviously you want to try to move, exercise.”

Berry also notes that folks should keep an eye on three important numbers: their cholesterol, blood pressure, and — if they’re diabetic — their blood sugar.

Cardiovascular disease kills three times as many women as breast cancer.