The Daytona Beach race weekend could become a cautionary tale about how people should handle the sudden rise in heart attacks.
The Daytona 500 is scheduled to take place Sunday, Aug. 26.
According to the National Institutes of Health, about 7.6 million Americans have heart attacks annually.
Most of them are preventable, experts say.
“A lot of people have to take some time out,” said Dr. Robert Lustig, a cardiologist and chairman of the board of the American Heart Association, which has been warning about the rising trend.
“We know that if you can stay healthy, you can live long and be a productive member of society.
We’re just not going to have the resources to do that for everyone.”
Lustig said the race weekend is the perfect opportunity to start taking heart-healthy measures.
“I’m just happy that I can see people do what they need to do, whether it’s a heart-attack test or a blood test,” he said.
The race weekend can be a chance to do some good, Lustig said.
“If we can just get people to take a break, that’s what we can do.”
A number of people are taking a break at Daytona Beach from race weekends, including drivers, crew members and fans.
The city has a few hotels and restaurants that offer free rides and meals.
The Miami Beach hotel and restaurant chain, which was forced to close in August, is offering its guests a free ride for the weekend.
“For those who would like to stay, there’s free rides, food, and entertainment at the hotels and the restaurants,” said Michelle Gagne, spokeswoman for the hotel chain.
“Everyone is welcome at any of our hotels.”
The city is planning a number of events for this weekend, including a memorial service for the Daytona 500 winners, a free food drive and a fireworks show.
But for many people, it’s not a relaxing weekend.
A recent study from the University of Miami’s Kellogg School of Management found that in the weeks following the race, the average American’s cholesterol level dropped by nearly 30 percent.
That’s because more people have had to eat less, drink less and take fewer drugs.
LustIG said he believes that most people will be able to manage a heartattack, even if they’ve never had one before.
“People can be healthy for weeks or months, if they take it on the right day,” he told CNN.
“They just have to get it under control and do the right things.”
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