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Did you know the leading health threat for men is heart disease? Heart disease is a broad term that includes diseases of the blood vessels such as coronary artery disease, heart rhythm problems and heart infections.

Narrowed or blocked blood vessels can lead to heart attack, chest pain or stroke.

Take charge of your heart health by making healthier lifestyle choices. Healthful choices include not using tobacco, maintaining a healthy weight, exercising and increasing your intake of fresh fruits and vegetables, legumes and whole grains.

If you have high cholesterol or high blood pressure, follow your doctor's treatment recommendations.

If you have diabetes, keep your blood sugar under control.

Making the healthier choice will reduce the impact of the risk factors you cannot control such as family history, age and race.

Motor vehicle crashes are another major health risk for men. To stay safe on the road, use common sense: wear your seat belt, follow the speed limit and don't drive under the influence of alcohol and other substances or while sleepy.

Finally, suicides are a major cause of male death. Listen to yourself and ask for help. Don't apply a permanent solution to a temporary problem.

The staff of Kimbrough Ambulatory Care Center encourages you to take control of your health with preventive measures such as a healthy lifestyle, practicing safety behind the wheel and being attuned to persistent feelings of being "down" or unworthy.

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