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Heart Health Awareness
February is American Heart Month. Why not take the time to show yourself some love? No need to save it all for your Valentine! In honor of your health and those you love, learn about the risks of heart disease and stroke. Find out what you can do to help ensure that you stay heart healthy and are around to enjoy many Valentine’s celebrations to come.
Cardiovascular disease is the number one killer of men and women in the United States. It is also the leading cause of disability, preventing Americans from working and enjoying time and activities with their families.
Implementing healthy habits for prevention is the best thing you can do to improve your heart health. Take a look at your daily routine and consider the changes you can make; you’ll be surprised how many of them will quickly become lifelong habits.
- Eat a healthy, balanced diet that is rich in fruits and vegetables
- Get your cholesterol checked at least once a year
- Exercise 30 to 60 minutes a day, four to five days a week
- Avoid cigarette smoking and tobacco use
- Limit alcohol intake
- Monitor your blood pressure
- Watch your waistline
- Take prescribed medication as scheduled
- Meet regularly with your healthcare providers
- Don’t skip medical appointments and screenings, including your 6 month dental check-ups
As you embark on your journey for a healthier heart, bear in mind the following to make the process more manageable:
- Partner up. Ask friends and family to join you. Keep one another motivated and you’ll achieve better results.
- Don’t become overwhelmed; remember to take it one step at a time.
- Choose fun things to do to decrease your stress levels.
- Reward yourself often, to keep from becoming discouraged.
The American Heart Association recommends that the best course of action is to get regular check-ups and know your risks. Women often neglect getting themselves checked, as they tend to be the caregiver, but self-assessment is imperative for prevention. If you are concerned about your heart health, contact your physician today and start making the necessary lifestyle changes as soon as possible.