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February is Heart Disease Awareness Month

Posted by Bonnie Walke

Feb 6, 2015 10:41:00 AM

heart disease monthHeart disease is the leading cause of death among men and women in the United States, according to the American Heart Association. You can make a difference in your own heart health by choosing to live a heart-healthy lifestyle. Make small changes to get on the path to good heart health.

A heart-healthy lifestyle is important for everyone, not just for people with existing health problems. It can help you keep your heart and blood vessels working like they should. If you already have heart or blood vessel problems, such as high cholesterol or high blood pressure, a healthy lifestyle can help you lower your risk of a heart attack and stroke.

If you have children, you can be their healthy role model. If your habits are healthy, your children are more likely to build those habits in their own lives.

Five Healthy Heart Tips

Don’t smoke

Everyone who uses tobacco would benefit from quitting. When you quit smoking—no matter how old you are—you will decrease your risk of heart attack, stroke, and many other health problems.

Eat healthy foods

Eating healthy foods is one of the best things you can do to prevent and control many health problems, including heart and blood vessel disease.

Be active

Improving your fitness is good for your heart and blood vessels, as well as the rest of your body. Being active helps lower your risk of health problems. Remember, your heart is a muscle and needs exercise to keep fit so that it can pump blood to your whole body. If you are currently inactive, you can start by adding 10 minutes of exercise to your day. Just start!

Reach and stay at a healthy weight

Staying at a healthy weight is also part of a heart-healthy lifestyle. If you are overweight, losing even just 10% of your total bodyweight can significantly help your heart health.

Get screening tests

Seeing your doctor regularly and getting screening tests is important. The sooner your doctor diagnoses a disease, the more likely it can be cured or managed. To reduce your risk of heart and blood vessel problems, be sure to keep an eye on your cholesterol and blood pressure. The tests to check your risk for heart and blood vessel problems depend on your age, health, gender, and risk factors. Talk to your doctor to find out which tests are right for you.

If you are looking to learn more about a heart healthy lifestyle, you can check out our website at www.wpsic.com/healthcenter  Just search for Heart Healthy Lifestyle.

Topics: Wellness