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Prevention and Wellness

Prevention and wellness measures are key to preventing heart disease and developing and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. If you need assistance in making positive lifestyle changes, Rex can help! Rex Wellness Centers in Raleigh, Cary, Garner and Wakefield offer comprehensive prevention and wellness classes and programs in nutrition, weight management and relaxation that can help you accomplish positive, healthy goals. Rex also offers a variety of Community Heart and Vascular Screenings

There are four major risk factors for heart disease: smoking, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and lack of physical activity. By eliminating these risk factors and adopting a healthy lifestyle, you can reduce your chance of developing heart disease.

Kick the Habit!

Smokers have triple the risk of dying from a heart attack as non-smokers. But after quitting, in two to three years, your risk can decrease to that of a non-smoker. Rex offers smoking cessation classes through Rex HealthNet that will introduce you to a smoke-free lifestyle and help you kick the habit.

Treat it Right!

Rex Cardiac Rehabilitation is a medically supervised program designed to help patients with heart disease recover more quickly and return to full and productive lives. The program is beneficial for patients who have had a heart attack, coronary bypass surgery, angioplasty and/or stent and heart disease.

Have it Checked!

High blood pressure, also called hypertension, adds to your heart's workload because the heart must pump with more force and the arteries must carry blood that is moving under greater pressure. Most people with high blood pressure have no symptoms or warning signs, so it's important to get your blood pressure checked.

Cut it Out!

Reducing the amount of cholesterol in your diet is an important component to reducing your risks of heart disease. A diet high in saturated fat and cholesterol is a main cause of high blood cholesterol and a high LDL level. Low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol is the "bad" cholesterol that clogs up arteries. High-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol is the "good" cholesterol that clears arteries. Cholesterol screenings are offered routinely at Rex Wellness Centers, and qualified staff members are available to discuss your results.

Lose It!

Being overweight increases your chances of having high cholesterol, high blood pressure and diabetes. Shedding those extra pounds will help reduce your risks. A good rule of thumb is to eat less and move more. Regular aerobic exercise can reduce your risk of heart disease, high blood pressure, obesity and the negative effects of stress. Eating the right foods is vital to maintaining a healthy lifestyle, too. No more than 30 percent of your daily calories should come from fat and no more than 10 percent should come from saturated fat. Rex Wellness Centers offers "Healthy Way: Lifestyle Connections," a 12-week class facilitated by a registered licensed dietitian, exercise physiologist or health educator that can assist you in a lifestyle makeover.