February is National Heart Month. The American Heart Association is dedicated to fighting heart disease, which contributes to about one out of every nine deaths in America today. Arrhythmia, cholesterol, heart defects, diabetes, heart attack, heart failure, high blood pressure, stroke, and more affect people all across the country.
The American Heart Association fights heart disease through health care research, education, and training. The organization uses more than 30 million volunteers, works with many organizations, and raises millions of dollars each year to fund these activities. It’s a large organization doing a lot of great work. You can participate in its National Wear Red Day® on Feb. 5 to support Go Red For Women.
But what can you do to protect yourself against heart disease? Check out our online Health Center for loads of information on healthy living, exercise, and the following resources on heart disease:
- Heart Disease: Exercising for a Healthy Heart
- Heart Valve Disease
- Heart Disease and Stroke in Women: Reducing Your Risk
- Heart Disease: Walking for a Healthy Heart
- Heart Disease: Prevention Myths
- Family History of Heart Disease
- And more!
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggest that you be aware of your blood pressure. Uncontrolled high blood pressure is a leading cause of heart disease and stroke.
If you have a history of heart disease in your family, talk to your doctor about the risks, things you can do to improve your health, and treatment options, if necessary. February may be National Heart Month, but you have to take care of your ticker all year long.