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Keep your heart healthy with diet, exercise, meditation and education

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) --Keep your heart healthy by knowing the signs of heart attack and some simple exercises.

February is Heart Health Month and fitness expert Carlos Rivas is sharing the knowledge with our community!  Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women (1 out of 4 deaths is caused by heart disease). 

Heart disease can cause heart attacks, angina, heart failure, and arrhythmias. 

It is also a leading causes of disability, preventing many Americans from working and enjoying family activities.

The good news is that heart disease is preventable and controllable. Proformance Fitness and Wellness 360 are providing complimentary seminars during the month of March to combat this preventable disease.

The five major symptoms of a heart attack:

1. Pain or discomfort in the jaw, neck, or back.
2. Feeling weak, light-headed, or faint.
3. Chest pain or discomfort.
4. Pain or discomfort in arms or shoulder.
5. Shortness of breath.

If you think that you or someone you know is having a heart attack, call 9-1-1 immediately.

Plan for Prevention

Eat healthy foods: lots of vegetables, fruits and lean meats is one of the keys to success.

Exercise regularly.

Physical activity can help you maintain a healthy weight and lower cholesterol and blood pressure. Start with 5-10 minutes per day and add 3-5 minutes each week to accumulate 30 minutes per day.


Decrease the negative effects of stress, depression and anxiety by meditating 10 minutes per day.

Limit alcohol use.

Avoid Tobacco Products

Reduce your intake of sugar and sugar substitutes.

For more ideas about simple steps to take every day for better heart health, register your corporation to win a seminar led by Exercise Physiologist, Carlos Rivas!

Simply visit us at and send us an e-mail with the following code: WDRB Better Heart Health

About Carlos: Carlos Rivas, MS, CSCS is the Director of Fitness and Wellness Operations @ ProFormance Fitness and FitCorp. He holds bachelor's degrees in Exercise Science and Sports Medicine and a Masters degree in Exercise Physiology. Carlos is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, National Strength and Conditioning Certified Personal Trainer, American College of Sports Medicine Certified Personal Trainer, fitness editor for Kentuckiana Health and Fitness Magazine, Strength and Conditioning instructor for the University of Louisville Exercise Science Program, Fitness Consultant to Ms. America Program, and has more than 20,000 hours of personal training experience. Carlos can be reached by e-mail: or 502.741.9428

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