by M. Jason Zimmerman, MD, MSPH, RPVI, FACC, FASNC, FSCAI
Lexington Clinic Cardiologist

Keeping your heart healthy is one of the most important things you can do for your overall health and there is no better month than February, National Heart Month, to start thinking about heart health.

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women in the United States accounting for nearly one in every four deaths, and every year about 735,000 Americans have a heart attack.

Regular exercise and a good diet are two of the best ways to improve your heart health. Quitting smoking, avoiding secondhand smoke, only drinking alcohol in moderation and managing stress levels are also great ways to keep your heart healthy.

There are several indications of increased risk for heart disease including:
  • High cholesterol
  • High blood pressure
  • Overweight or obese persons
  • People with little to no physical activity
  • Poor diets

Your age and family history may also contribute to your risk for heart disease.

If you think you may be at risk for heart disease the providers with Lexington Clinic Cardiology would love to help. For more information, please call (859) 258-4362 or visit
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M. Jason Zimmerman, MD, MSPH, RPVI, FACC, FASNC, FSCAI is board-certified in both Cardiovascular Disease and Interventional Cardiology. Dr. Zimmerman is a Clinical Specialist in Hypertension certified through the American Society for Hypertension. He is also a Clinical Lipidologist, or lipid management specialist, certified through the American Board of Clinical Lipidology. He holds additional certifications in nuclear cardiology and echocardiography through the Certification Board of Nuclear Cardiology and National Board of Echocardiography, respectively. Dr Zimmerman is a fellow of the American College of Cardiology and a fellow of the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology.