February is American Heart Month, so let’s come together to prevent heart disease and stroke.
Chances are you know someone affected by heart disease because it is the leading cause of death for both men and women in the U.S. – about 2,200 Americans die of cardiovascular disease each day. That’s an average of 1 death every 40 seconds.
Heart disease doesn’t just happen to older adults either – it can happen at any age. High rates of obesity and high blood pressure among younger people (age 35-64) are putting them at risk for heart disease earlier in life. Half of all Americans have at least one of the top three risk factors for heart disease (high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and smoking).
Take Charge of Your Health
The good news? Heart disease can often be prevented by making healthy choices and controlling and preventing risk factors. You can take simple steps to reduce your risk:
- Make physical activity part of your daily routine
- Eat a heart healthy diet
- Watch your weight
- Book your regular doctor visits to check your blood pressure and cholesterol
- Choose spices to flavor foods over salt
- Manage stress
- Quit smoking and stay away from secondhand smoke
- Control your cholesterol and blood pressure
- If you drink alcohol, drink only in moderation
We think it won’t happen to us, but did you know heart disease kills one of three women? That’s why in 2004, Go Red for Women® was launched by the American Heart Association to close the gap in awareness. The first Friday of every February is designated as National Go Red Day.
Join us on Friday, February 7th as we wear red to spread the word and encourage our friends and family to live heart-healthy lives!