Tuesday, July 13, 2010

George Steinbrenner Dies of Heart Attack at Age 80

From webMD...

New York Yankees’ owner George Steinbrenner has died from a massive heart attack.

It’s a sad day for baseball lovers everywhere, but celebrity deaths can serve to remind us of the importance of staying on top of our health.

For example, back when Bill Clinton had his first heart scare, doctors reported people showing up in their offices wanting to make sure their heart was ticking along OK. Excellent!

While I don’t know Steinbrenner’s situation, I’d bet there are many people, particularly men, who aren’t exactly up on their health. C’mon guys … admit it. The stereotype of the man who never goes to the doc is pretty darn accurate.

While not all heart attacks can be prevented, there are many things you can do to make a big impact on your chance of dying from the No. 1 cause of death — heart disease.

First, know your heart disease risk factors. What’s your “bad” cholesterol level? Do you know what a normal blood pressure is? Have you been checked for diabetes?

These are things we all should know. And if you don’t, what are you waiting on?

And don’t stop with your heart. Talk to your doc about getting up to date on all the recommended screening tests for men. Yes, even the prostate check!

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