06 Feb Learn More About American Heart Month Here
The whole month of February is dedicated to heart month awareness! Here are the basics of heart conditions, risk factors, preventative steps and ways to promote heart month this February.
Why is heart health important?
-Heart disease is most concerning because it is the leading cause of death in the United States for both men and women.
-Heart disease can strike at any age and is affecting people at younger and younger ages.
-Heart attacks strike one person about every 40 seconds in the United States.
Common heart conditions
-Some heart conditions include coronary artery disease, heart failure, heart attack, arrhythmia, high blood pressure, angina, inherited heart conditions and more.
Risk factors for heart conditions
-Certain health conditions, lifestyle, family history, being overweight, diet and more can impact your heart health and put you at risk for developing certain heart conditions. Other factors such as smoking, high blood pressure and high cholesterol are some of the leading risks.
Steps you can take to maintain your heart health
-Eat heart healthy foods, exercise and stay active, don’t smoke, drink in moderation, reduce stress, monitor and control your cholesterol and blood pressure, and maintain a healthy weight. Consult with your health care provider before changing any of your diet or exercise practices.
How to share about heart month with others
-Find a community event near you.
-Share this information with your family and friends.
-Wear red on Friday February 7th, which nationally is recognized as National Wear Red Day to promote heart health awareness.
-Connect with a healthcare provider to come and educate your work or school.