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NEITHER DO WE. “All other risk factors about 82 percent of them are preventable. But there’s a lot of work you have to do.” One of the easiest measures people do not take is to simply seek medical treatment. “People in this nation have no applicability,” says Mehta. “People might hear about this and think, ‘That can’t happen to me.’” “People are afraid of going to the hospital,” says Rock-Willoughby. “They’re afraid of being wrong, of wasting people’s time. It’s okay to be proactive. Don’t be afraid to find an answer.” This occurrence tends to be a bigger issue for women than men, as they are less likely to visit a doctor. “A generalized view is that women take care of others instead of (themselves),” says Mehta. “A woman might force a spouse to see a doctor, but not check in on (herself).” In the end, preventing heart disease comes down to the individual taking the initiative. “An inactive person takes longer to recognize symptoms, while a more active person will pick up on symptoms,” says Mehta. “Knowing your numbers, not smoking, exercising, being proactive will help.” “You know your bodies better than anyone else; you know what’s not normal,” says Rock-Willoughby. “Listen to the body, let the body talk to you.” CS
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