Currently, the United States is experiencing an obesity epidemic that leads to high blood pressure and diabetes, which increases the risk for a heart attack and stroke. According to Dr. Herb Semler, obesity is the leading cause of heart failure.

Avoid becoming overweight with healthy eating, exercise and doctor prescribed medications. Remember diets don’t work, a lifestyle change is necessary. Severe obesity may also require additional bariatric surgery.

Did you know? 5 million people a year die of heart failure in the United States.