Heart Healthy Tips and Devices

February marks the 50th anniversary of American Heart Month. Throughout this month, the American Heart Association promotes heart disease awareness with causes like the “Go Red Movement,” “Power To End Stroke,” “My Heart. My Life,” “CPR & First Aid” and “Together To End Stroke.” This Valentine’s Day, we encourage you to keep these heart healthy tips, facts and devices in mind.

Heart Disease Facts

Heart disease continues to be the leading cause of death for women and men in America, as one in every four deaths is attributed to heart disease. It can lead to heart attack, angina, heart failure and arrhythmia. The CDC reports 715,000 heart attacks and 600,000 deaths from heart disease each year. Cardiovascular disease, including heart disease and stroke, costs the United States $312.6 billion each year.

Take Care of Your Heart

Take Care Of Your Heart

Heart disease is a major problem in this country, but there are steps we can all take to prevent it. Here’s how you can monitor your health and maintain a healthy heart.

Maintain a Healthy Weight

Obesity increases the risk of heart disease. Eating a healthy diet and exercising regularly are two key ways to control your weight. Your body will also thank you for limiting your alcohol and smoking intake. The American Heart Association recommends 2 hours and 30 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise per week.

Regularly Visit Your Doctor

Many people don’t know that they are at risk for a heart attack or stroke. Your doctor can check for signs of heart disease that you may not notice on your own. Ask for your physician to test your cholesterol. It is recommended to have your levels checked every five years at a minimum.

Watch Your Levels

If you know that you have high blood pressure, diabetes or high cholesterol, visit your doctor to get these levels checked. You can also keep an eye on these conditions at home by using diabetes testing strips, glucose meters and blood pressure monitors. Continue to take prescribed medications and follow the orders of your doctor.

Know the Symptoms of a Heart Attack

Know the Symptoms of a Heart Attack

It is important to be familiar with the symptoms of a heart attack, so you can accurately detect one and take action. The five major symptoms of a heart attack are: 1. Pain or discomfort in the jaw, neck or back. 2. Feeling weak, light-headed or faint. 3. Chest pain or discomfort. 4. Pain or discomfort in arms or shoulder. 5. Shortness of breath. If you notice any of these symptoms for yourself or someone else, call 911 to receive the proper attention.

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