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Wellness and Prevention

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women. Many risk factors for heart disease can be controlled with lifestyle modifications. You should consult your physician about what your risk factors are and what you can do to help overcome these risk factors.

Risk Factors for Heart Disease

  • High cholesterol
  • High blood pressure
  • Smoking
  • Overweight or obesity
  • Diabetes
  • Poor diet
  • Inactivity
  • Excessive Alcohol Use

SGMC offers help with some risk factors including: 

  • FREE classes to help you quit smoking. - View Smoking Cessation Classes
  • If you have diabetes, the Diabetes Management Center at SGMC offers an education program to help patients learn how to manage their diabetes.
  • Annual Heart Health Expo - Held each February in observance of Heart Health Awareness, the annual Heart Health Expo focuses on heart-related health issues.
    View Calendar of Events for Current Year's Event Date
  • Interested in a speaker for your business, organization, group or church? SGMC Offers a FREE Speakers' Bureau Program allowing the community to tap into the vast expertise of many affiliated physicians and professional staff members. Call 229-259-4420 to request a speaker from our Speakers' Bureau.

Other ways to help with risk factors include:

  • Eat a healthy diet. Cut back on foods high in saturated fat and sodium (salt) to lower cholesterol and blood pressure. Ask your doctor about how to improve your diet.
  • Exercise. It may sound hard if you haven't exercised for a while, but try to work up to 30 to 60 minutes of aerobic exercise (that raises your heart rate) 4 to 6 times a week.
  • Lose weight if you're overweight. Your doctor can advise you about the best ways to lose weight.
  • Control your blood pressure if you have hypertension.

Learn more about keeping your heart healthy at Heart.org.