How to observe American Heart Month

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Published on February 10, 2021 with No Comments

1.  Take up a heart-healthy habit

Staying active, eating healthy, and watching our weight are all important parts of maintaining a healthy cardiovascular system. Pick a new heart-healthy habit like jogging or substituting sodas with water and try to stick to it for a whole month.

2.  Educate yourself

Learn about the risk factors for heart disease, the ways you can prevent them, and the lifestyle choices that can help you stay healthy.

3.  Get your cholesterol tested

If you’re worried you might be at risk for heart disease, ask your doctor to perform a simple cholesterol test to let you know if you’re at risk and should make adjustments to your diet.

5 Interesting Facts About Heart Health

 

1.  Heart attacks can be silent 

One in five heart attacks occurs without the person even knowing they had one.

2.  Heart attacks affect women differently

Women may experience different symptoms than men. These include pain in the back, arm, neck, or shoulder; nausea; fatigue; shortness of breath; and vomiting.

3.  Young women are at higher risk than men

Women under the age of 50 are twice as likely to die of a heart attack as men in the same age group.

4.  Another reason to hate Mondays

Heart attacks are more likely to occur on Monday mornings than other days of the week. Scientists attribute this to the disruption in our circadian rhythm over the weekend which leads to increased blood pressure and other changes to the nervous system.

5.  Diet soda raises heart attack risk

If you drink one or more diet sodas a day, your chances of having a heart attack are 43% higher than those who drink regular soda or none at all.

Why American Heart Month is important

1.  It reminds us to take care of our heart

American Heart Month motivates us to examine our own health habits and risks and take steps to improve our heart health.

2.  It promotes education about heart health

Knowing the risk factors for heart disease and how to reduce them can help people lead healthier lives and diminish their risk for heart attacks or other cardiovascular diseases.

3.  It raises awareness of heart disease

As the number one killer of Americans, heart disease is a slow-moving epidemic that affects almost everyone.

Source: National Today

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