February is American Heart Month.
As we all know, heart health is important, and sometimes with life’s twists and turns, it goes on the back burner. Sometimes, we don’t know that there is a problem until it’s too late, and it becomes a serious health threat.
Unfortunately, 1 in 4 deaths in America are caused by heart disease. Heart disease affects both men and women, and isn’t gender, ethnicity, or age specific, although older individuals are more likely to suffer from heart disease.
The good news is that it’s easily prevented and there are steps every day that you can take for not only yourself, but for those that you love and care for.
- Eat healthy: Eating healthy is the easiest way to prevent heart disease. We know that when life gets hectic, drive thru’s are convenient, but most of the time it isn’t the healthiest option. You can make small changes however if you order fresh fruit as a side and substitute soda and sugary drinks with water.
- Exercise: Get moving! Go for a run or a walk after work, starting with 15 minutes and working your way up to 30. If you sit at a desk all day, make it a point to get up, stretch, and move around during lunch by walking around the building.
- Regular checkups: Make sure you’re making regular checkups with your cardiologist – especially if you have heart disease in your family or have a heart condition. They can detect problems that you might not even feel before it’s too late.
Heart disease doesn’t discriminate, and it’s always important to put your health first. Additionally, you can share ideas with your community, exercise with neighbors and friends, and talk to doctors and nurses about how you can start preventing heart disease right now.