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February is American Heart Month

Heart disease is the nation’s number one killer. According to theImage of woman making a heart with her hands American Heart Association’s heart disease and stroke statistics report in 2018:

  • 1 million people will have a heart attack or die from coronary heart disease;
  • 16.5 million Americans age 20 and older are living with coronary heart disease;
  • 795,000 Americans will have a stroke this year; and
  • 103 million American adults have high blood pressure.

While these statistics can be stifling, the good news is, there are small changes you can make now to encourage big change in your heart health and lessen your risk of developing cardiovascular disease:

Stop Smoking

Smokers are twice as likely to suffer a heart attack than non-smokers. The risk of stroke also increases among smokers. The American Lung Association has tips on how to quit smoking.


Get active and lose weight

Regular physical activity can help improve the quality of, and lengthen, your life. It is recommended to get 30 minutes of moderate exercise, such as brisk walking, five times a week. When you get active, you also increase the chance of losing weight, which reduces major burdens on your heart, lungs, blood vessels and skeleton.


Eat healthy and lower your blood sugar

Turns out the adage “we are what we eat” is true. One of the best methods to prevent heart disease is to eat heart healthy foods. Lowering our blood sugar and eating better will reduce unnecessary stress on our heart, arteries, eyes, nerves and kidneys. Follow the American Heart Association’s diet and lifestyle recommendations.


Control cholesterol and manage your blood pressure

Regular visits with your doctor can help to control your cholesterol and maintain a healthy blood pressure. High blood pressure presents a major risk for developing heart disease and suffering a stroke. In addition, high cholesterol leads to plague in our arteries, which can cause blockages which can also lead to heart disease and stroke.


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