Heart Health

Put a little love in your heart by promoting American Heart Month in your community this February. While heart disease continues to be the leading cause of death for both men and women in America, the good news is that it can often be prevented by making a few simple changes.

Are you ready to make a difference during American Heart Month? Here are a few ideas on how you can help:

Keep up with your preventive care. Preventive care is key to catching health problems early on, and heart disease is no exception. Be sure not to miss any annual check-ups with your primary care doctor and let him/her know if you have any family history of heart issues.

Make heart-healthy choices at home. When it comes to making improvements to your eating habits, small changes really can make a big difference. Since high LDL cholesterol levels can affect your risk for stroke and heart attack by making it difficult for blood to circulate, try to avoid foods that are high in sugar, salt and trans fat. Instead, include foods that are rich in calcium, Vitamin D and Omega 3 fatty acids such as eggs and fish.

Unfortunately, though, a good diet isn’t enough by itself. Those who are overweight have a higher risk of developing heart problems, so it’s important to include some form of physical activity into your routine, even if it’s a simple walk around the neighborhood.

Spread the word. Follow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s guidance and talk about ways to improve heart health with family and friends. Whether you know someone who needs to quit smoking or who needs help creating a plan to start exercising, it never hurts to have an accountability partner.

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

1 in 3 deaths in the U.S. is caused by cardiovascular disease.