Most of us know that February is Heart Health Month. Did you also know that heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women? Let’s look at some statistics and risk factors and learn what we can do about it.
Heart Disease Facts
die from heart disease each year – that’s 1 in every 4 deaths.
died from coronary heart disease, the most common type of heart disease, in 2014
Every 42 seconds
Someone in the U.S. has a heart attack.
Someone in the U.S. dies from a heart disease-related event.
The cost of heart disease in the U.S. each year. This total includes the cost of health care services, medications, and lost productivity.
About half of Americans (49%) have at least one of these three risk factors:
High Blood Pressure
High LDL Cholesterol
Other medical conditions and lifestyle choices can also put people at high risk, including:
Overweight and obesity
Excessive alcohol use
The good news is that all of us, regardless of age, can reduce our risk for heart disease by making lifestyle changes and managing medical conditions through appropriate treatment plans. Here are some reasonable tips on how to lower YOUR risk factors and make sure YOU don’t become one of these statistics.
Prevent heart disease and stroke in your families by understanding the risks and your family history.
Get up and get physically active. Aim for at least 30 minutes of moderate-intensity endurance activity on most or all days of the week.
Know your ABCS – Talk to your doctor about appropriate Aspirin therapy, Blood pressure control, Cholesterol control, and Smoking cessation.
Stay strong by eating a heart-healthy diet that is high in fresh fruits and vegetables and low in sodium, saturated and trans fats, and cholesterol.
Take control of your heart health by following your doctor’s instructions for medications and cholesterol.
For more tips and information on keeping a HEALTHY HEART, please visit https://millionhearts.hhs.gov.
Stay happy, healthy, and N motion, AND REMEMBER…age is just a number!