American Heart Month

Heart health

Ever since President Johnson declared February National American Heart in 1964, our nation has dedicated the month of February to cardiovascular health. Cardiovascular disease is America’s number one cause of death in both men and women. Luckily, there are steps we can take to help reduce our risk and improve our cardiovascular health. The most important things to consider when focusing on your heart health is healthy eating, physical activity and not smoking. If you are a current smoker, it would be in your favor to make this the month you quit. Smoking damages the lining of your arteries, which leads to a buildup of fatty material that narrows the artery causing a heart attack or stroke. Yikes!

Another way to remember your cardiovascular health is to GO RED!

Get your numbers: Ask your doctor to check your blood pressure, cholesterol and glucose.

Own your lifestyle: Stop smoking, lose weight, be physically active and eat healthily.

Raise your voice: Advocate for women-related research and education.

Educate your family: Make healthy food choices for you and your family. Teach your kids the importance of staying active.

Donate: Show your support!

According to the American Heart Association, building awareness is one the best ways to fight cardiovascular disease; eighty percent of cardiovascular-related deaths can be prevented with education and action. You can help raise awareness by wearing red during the month of February and using the hashtag #GoRedWearRed