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February is American Heart Month

Posted by Connie on Monday, February 14th, 2011 at 7:05 pm and is filed under Advocacy, Chronic Illness, Health Information.
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What better day than Valentine’s Day to think about American Heart Month? To show true love, get on board for learning more about cardiovascular disease and prevention. Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States. Since 1963 the president has proclaimed February  as American Heart Month.

Heart Disease Risks

  • Smoking
  • High cholesterol
  • High blood pressure
  • Obesity
  • Diabetes
  • Unhealthy diet
  • Physical inactivity
  • Secondhand Smoke
  • Congenital Heart Defects
  • Arrhythmia
  • Heart failure
  • Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD)
  • List of other diseases and conditions

Prevention

  • Stop smoking
  • Lose weight
  • Lower cholesterol – try diet with doctor’s approval before beginning prescription medications
  • Eat healthier – Eat foods low in fat, salt and sugar. Eat less red meat and choose cuts of meat that are lean. Eat more fruits and vegetables.
  • Exercise
  • See your doctor for annual physicals or more often depending on your circumstances
  • Don’t let chest pain, shortness of breath or other signs of a heart attack go unchecked

Celebrate Valentine’s Day and American Heart Month!

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