Show Your Heart Some
Love during American Heart Month
By: Haley Tye, Intern
Although it only weighs
approximately eight to ten ounces, the heart is one of the most important
organs in the human body. In less than 60 seconds, the heart is able to pump blood
to every cell in the body. The American Heart Association sponsors the annual
American Heart Month to raise awareness about heart disease. The American Heart
Month has taken place every February since 1964.
According to the Centers
for Disease Control and Prevention, heart disease is the leading cause of death
for both men and women in the United States. Roughly one in four deaths in the
United States are caused by heart disease and stroke. Although many individuals
are affected by heart disease-related illnesses, healthy choices can help
prevent the onset and continuation of these illnesses.
There are several risk
factors that can make an individual a more likely candidate for heart disease.
These risk factors include high blood pressure, high cholesterol, smoking,
pre-diabetes and diabetes, unhealthy diet, lack of physical activity and
exercise, excessive alcohol use, and a family history of heart disease. While
some risk factors such as genetics and family history of heart disease cannot
be changed, many of the risk factors for heart disease are preventable.
Exercising at least 30 minutes per day and eating a diet high in fruits and
vegetables and low in sodium are great ways to guard against heart disease.
There are several ways
that you can get involved in American Heart Month this February. For starters,
evaluate your overall heart health and see if you possess any of the risk
factors for heart disease. If so, determine which risk factors are preventable.
If you do not engage in enough physical activity, try taking a brisk walk
around your neighborhood several times a week. If your diet contains many foods
high in sodium, try and add one or two more fruits and vegetables into your
daily meal routine. If you do not possess any of the risk factors for heart
disease, try encouraging a family member or friend who may be struggling with
his or her heart health.
Well over 600,000
Americans die from heart disease each year. Help take a stand against heart
disease by participating in American Heart Month this February. Whether it is
changing some of your own daily habits or educating your community on the
dangers of this disease, we can all fight against our nation’s number one
killer. Visit www.heart.org for more information
on American Heart Month and the American Heart Association.
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