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It’s a time for people to focus on their cardiovascular health. Vidant Medical doctors say heart health often gets put on the back burner, but it’s not something we should take lightly.

Dr. Aundrea Oliver is a thoracic surgeon at Vidant and an assistant professor at ECU’s Brody School of Medicine. She said we can make improving cardiovascular health part of our everyday routines.

“There’s certain things that you can do and everyday choices that are small things that can help people live healthier lives,” she said.

Oliver said there are several factors that contribute to cardiovascular disease.

“The biggest issue for our communities here in Eastern North Carolina, but in general for the United States, is smoking,” she said.

Other factors include obesity, high cholesterol and high blood pressure.

“Having good blood pressure control can be the difference between having organ damage like heart attacks, strokes, kidney disease and having a long and full and healthy life,” said Oliver.

Specific groups of people are more susceptible to heart disease.