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Helping You Fight Heart Disease

Taking care of your heart is important. Heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women in the United States, but it doesn’t have to be. By learning more about heart disease, including what causes it and what you can do to prevent it, we can make heart disease a thing of the past. The St. Croix Regional Medical Center cardiology department provides comprehensive heart care services, including cardiac rehabilitation at our St. Croix Falls and Lindstrom Clinics and a pacemaker clinic at our St. Croix Falls Clinic.

If You Are Having a Medical Emergency Please Dial 911

What is Heart Disease?

Heart disease is a term used for many diseases that weaken the heart and blood vessels. Most heart diseases are asymptomatic, meaning you likely won’t feel any pain or discomfort until a cardiac event occurs.

Most forms of heart disease are caused by atherosclerosis, a condition where artery plaque builds up in your blood vessels and increases the risk of forming a blood clot. A blood clot can cut off the flow of blood and oxygen to your heart or brain, which can lead to a heart attack or stroke.

Your lifestyle and family medical history play a role in your risk factors for heart disease. Here are some things you can do to prevent heart disease:

  • Reduce sodium (salt) in your diet, you can find sodium contents in the nutritional information boxes on food packaging.
  • Exercise for at least 30 minutes a day, 5 days a week. You can break this up into three 10 minute exercises or two 15 minute exercises during the day.
  • Add more Omega-3 fatty acids to your diet. You can get this from many kinds of fish, almonds, walnuts, and spinach.
  • Stop smoking tobacco.
  • Find ways to reduce stress. Stress and anxiety can raise your blood pressure and put more strain on your heart.

Heart Resources

The following links provide additional information on heart care:

Health Management Tools

  • My Medicines Download and print this form to keep track of all the medicine you take, including the name, the amount you take (dose) and the time you take it.
  • Blood Pressure Tracker Download and print this form to keep track of your blood pressure.

To receive more information about cardiac care at St. Croix Regional Medical Center or to set an appointment, call (800) 828-3627 or contact us online.