Fight heart disease with healthy choices this February
February is a great month for heart awareness. Not just because of Valentine’s Day. At the beginning of every year, people are keen on making healthy choices as part of their new years resolutions. However, not everyone sticks with them past the first month. February is a great reminder that making healthy choices are important throughout the year.
With 1 in 4 deaths in the U.S. caused by heart disease. this particular awareness should be important to Americans of all ages. Making healthy food choices and having healthy exercise habits are very important to heart health.
Much of the heart awareness focus in February is targeted to women’s heart health. Statistics show that more women than men die each year due to heart disease. Since her 2012 heart attack, actress and comedian Rosie O’Donnell has begun speaking out for women’s heart awareness drawing attention to the warning signs of heart attacks specifically for women as some of the symptoms are easy to overlook or contribute to other factors.
At a minimum, everyone should know these steps for keeping your heart healthy:
- Find out your heart disease risk factors. Talk to your doctor and review your health history as well as your family health history.
- Know your numbers. In particular, your blood pressure and cholesterol. Knowing your risk of diabetes is also important.
- Eat a healthy diet. It’s good for more than just your heart.
- Get active and keep moving! Your doctor can help you evaluate what level of activity is best for you.
For more information about heart disease warning signs and how to stay heart healthy, please visit the American Heart Association website or talk with your doctor.