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North Richland Hills – Heart experts at Medical City North Hills are recommending a return to exercise, good nutrition and healthy habits as COVID-19 cases drop and citizens are allowed return to some pre-pandemic activities.

Cardiovascular disease remained the number-one killer of adult Americans in 2020, followed by cancer and COVID-19, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

“Talk to your doctor if you have chest pain, breathing difficulties, dizzy spells or a change in heart rate as they may be symptoms of heart disease,” says Vinit Lal, MD, medical director for interventional cardiology at Medical City North Hills.

Dr. Lal says making some easy changes to daily habits can make a life-saving difference.

  • Diet: Reduce sodium and fat in favorite meals and treats, add more fresh greens and fruits.
  • Exercise: Adults need at least two and a half hours of physical activity each week. Walking counts! Speak with a physician before starting any exercise routine.
  • Tobacco use: Quit now. Smoking is a major cause of heart disease, causing one in four deaths from cardiovascular disease. 
  • Blood pressure and cholesterol: Routine exams log health history of blood pressure and cholesterol levels, helping physicians effectively track signs of heart conditions.

According to the CDC, having a family member with cardiovascular disease increases the risk for the same diagnosis.  

Learn more about cardiology services at Medical City North Hills at

About Medical City North Hills

Medical City North Hills is a 164 bed, acute care hospital located in North Richland Hills, Texas. With a medical team of more than 500 physicians, Medical City North Hills offers a broad range of services including a Level III Trauma Center, full-range of cardiovascular services, comprehensive orthopedic and spine programs, neurology program, graduate medical education program and an internal medicine residency clinic. Medical City North Hills is part of Medical City Healthcare.

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