American Heart Month

February is American Heart Month - Be One in a Million Hearts

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women in the US. The good news? Heart disease can be prevented by making healthy choices, staying active, and managing health conditions.

Eat Healthy

Eating health helps control blood pressure, cholesterol, and weight.

You can eat healthy without dieting. Find out more at www.choosemyplate.gov  and at How-to-Eat-Healthy-without-Dieting

Make healthy changes one step at a time

Don’t Smoke - If you smoke QUIT

The sooner you quit the sooner your body can start to heal. You will feel better and have more energy to be active with your family and friends. For more information visit www.waytoquit.org

Stay away from secondhand smoke

Control Blood Pressure

High blood pressure is the leading cause of heart attack and stroke in the United States. It can also damage your eyes and kidneys. One in three American adults has high blood pressure.

If you are 40 or older, or if you are at higher risk, get your blood pressure checked once a year.

If you are 18 to 40 and you aren’t at higher risk for high blood pressure, get your blood pressure checked every 3 to 5 years.

Ask your doctor if you are at higher risk for high blood pressure

Control Cholesterol

Cholesterol is a waxy substance that’s found naturally in your blood. Your body makes cholesterol and uses it to do things like make hormones and help digest fatty foods.

If you have too much cholesterol, it can build up inside your blood vessels and make it hard for blood to flow through them. Over time, this can lead to heart disease and heart attack or stroke.

Get your cholesterol checked at least every 5 years. Some people may need to get their level checked more often. Talk to your doctor about what’s best for you.

If your cholesterol is high, you can take steps to lower it, like eating healthy, getting more exercise, and taking medicine if your doctor recommends it.

Drink Alcohol in Moderation

No more than 1 drink a day for women. No more than 2 drinks a day for men.

Check out Standard Drinks to find out what equals one drink.

Get Active - Regular physical activity is good for everyone’s health!

If you haven’t been active before, start at a comfortable level. Once you get the hang of it, add a little more activity each time. Talk to your doctor about what’s right for you.

For more information about ways to be more active visit Getting Active - American Heart Association

Know the Symptoms of Heart Attack

  • Pain in your chest
  • Pain in one or both arms, back, neck, jaw or stomach
  • Shortness of breath - even if you don’t have pain
  • Cold sweat, nausea, feeling faint
  • If you think you are having a heart attack call 911


 

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