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February is dedicated to American Heart Month in efforts to raise funds for research and education, and to pass along information about heart disease and stroke.
According to the American Heart Association
While these statistics are extremely scary, there are day to day preventative steps you can take to help keep your heart healthy!
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Exercising for at least 30 minutes each day can help reduce your risk of heart disease. Daily physical activity can help;
Physical activity is anything that makes you move your body and burn calories.
Cholesterol is a fat like substance found in the bloodstream and in all your body’s cells. Cholesterol is important because it is used for producing cell membranes, hormones, and other bodily functions. But too much cholesterol in the blood poses a health risk for coronary heart disease, which can lead to heart attack and/or stroke.
Learn how to measure your cholesterol: http://mylifecheck.heart.org/PledgePage.aspx?NavID=5&CultureCode=en-US
A healthy diet and lifestyle are the best weapons to fight cardiovascular disease (AHA, 2011). Focus on nutrients. To get the best nutrients, choose foods like:
High blood pressure has been known to be the “silent killer” because it has no symptoms. Hypertension is the single most significant risk factor for heart disease. According to the ADA, one in three adults has high blood pressure, and nearly 21% of them are unaware of it.
Click the link below to learn more about high blood pressure: http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/Conditions/HighBloodPressure/High-Blood-Pressure-ATH_UCM_002020_SubHomePage.jsp
Did you know that nearly 145 million Americans over the age of 20 are overweight or obese? That is 76.9 million men and 68.1 million women (ADA, 2011).
If you have too much fat around your waist it poses as a higher risk for such health problems, such as; high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and diabetes.
Come up with a fitness and nutrition plan that fits your lifestyle. Set small goals for yourself and celebrate the small victories.
Learn more about your body mass index (BMI) and take action today!
Did you know those with diabetes are to two to four times more likely to have heart disease or a stroke? The American Heart Association considers diabetes one of the six major controllable risk factors for cardiovascular disease. Meaning, diabetes is treatable!
Work closely with your healthcare provider in learning if you have diabetes, or may be at risk for the disease.
Smokers have a higher risk of developing many chronic disorders, such as;
To learn more on why it is so important to drop the butt, click below:
In efforts to raise awareness for heart disease, wear Red during the month of February!