American Heart Health Month

Celebrate American Heart Health Month!

February 2021 marks the 57th consecutive American Heart Health Month. The goal is to bring awareness to the importance of cardiovascular care. By adopting a healthy lifestyle, you can prevent heart disease and improve your overall quality of life.

What is American Heart Health Month?

Heart disease is the leading cause of preventable death in the U.S. Every February since 1964, America puts the spotlight on cardiovascular health. In 2021, the American Heart Association’s focus is “Heart to Heart: Why Losing One Woman is Too Many.”

Every year one in three women is diagnosed with heart disease.

This year is more critical than ever because of COVID-19. Not just because of the high risk of complications and death to people with heart disease, but also the number of people putting off care. Fear of catching COVID, as well as delays due to lockdowns, have men and women skipping vital appointments. Many are even ignoring severe symptoms of pending stroke or heart failure. Every minute counts when you have heart disease.

Don’t put off today what could take you away from your loved ones tomorrow.

Follow Seven Days of Self-Care

You don’t have to post on Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook, as the website suggests. But these tips are excellent for cardiovascular care.

  1. Know your blood pressure numbers and other health vitals. High blood pressure is considered a silent killer because there are rarely any symptoms before it’s too late. See your doctor at least once a year for a physical. If you have early hypertension signs, work with your physician to lower the level to under 140.
  2. Eat heart-healthy foods, such as leafy green vegetables, berries, whole grains, fatty fish, and walnuts. Drink plenty of water and avoid sugary drinks and sodas.
  3. Exercise daily. You don’t have to run five miles a day. Get outside and go for a walk. If the weather’s not cooperating, do stretches and a few exercises inside while watching your favorite TV show or a new movie.
  4. Don’t forget to relax. Whether it’s yoga and meditation or curling up with a good book, your heart health also needs rest.
  5. Stress levels play a large in cardiovascular health. Keep your blood pressure and stress levels low to stay heart healthy.

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