WHAT'S GOING AROUND: Heart Disease

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Some diseases like the common cold or influenza have a season. In this week's "What's Going Around" report, doctors are warning us about one that's a problem all year long.

Nurse Practitioner Linda Bowers with McLaren Greater Lansing DeWitt Family Medicine tells us heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women in the United States.

Some of the most-common risk factors are high blood pressure, high cholesterol and smoking. A poor diet, obesity, diabetes and a lack of physical activity are also contributors. A family history of heart disease is also a warning sign.

But the good news is, there are a lot of things you can do to make your heart healthier. A diet with lots of fruits and vegetables and low in saturated fat and sodium will help.

Regular exercise can reduce your cholesterol and blood pressure. Cutting back on alcohol will also help your blood pressure.

Doctors recommend you get a yearly checkup even if you're healthy. It's crucial for diabetics to manage their disease and for smokers to quit as soon as possible.