Heart Health Month
As the organ that keeps us going, it’s extremely important to keep your heart as healthy as you can. Every year, heart disease is the number one killer of men and women in the United States, killing more than 600,000 individuals annually.
As the numbers continue to rise, it is more important than ever to be aware of heart disease and its effects. High blood pressure, high cholesterol, and smoking are the main risk factors of heart disease. About half of Americans (49%) have one of these risk factors. To see more statistics, visit the CDC.
The good thing is that heart disease can be prevented!
Many of the factors that attribute to heart disease can be controlled by lifestyle choices. What can you do to protect your heart? Here’s a list of small changes you can make to put less stress on your heart and keep it healthy:
- Stay Active! 30 minutes of physical activity is recommended each day.
- Eat a healthy diet that is low in salt; low in total fat, saturated fat, and cholesterol; and rich in fresh fruits and vegetables.
- Watch your weight. Excess weight puts stress on the heart.
- Quit smoking and stay away from secondhand smoke.
- Control your cholesterol and blood pressure.
- If you drink alcohol, drink only in moderation.
- Talk to your doctor about taking aspirin every day if you are a man over the age of 45 or a woman over 55.
- Manage stress and find ways to relieve it.
If you are concerned with your heart health, visit People’s Center to make an appointment and get any questions you may have answered.