Since 1963, February has been recognized as American Heart Month to urge Americans to join the battle against heart diseases and empower them to make healthy choices. The American Heart Association strives to increase awareness during February and raise funds for research and education.
Many of us know someone who has suffered from heart disease which is our nation’s #1 killer. Heart disease – also called cardiovascular disease – is a simple term used to describe several problems relating to plaque buildup in the walls of the arteries and the narrowing of arteries that results. This buildup makes it more difficult for blood to flow and creates a risk for heart attack or stroke.
Heart disease affects all of our lives and we can all play a role in ending it. Prevention starts with you. Protect yourself and your loved ones from heart disease and stroke by understanding the risks and taking action to prevent heart disease.
With American Heart Month in mind, here are 4 tips to help keep your heart safe—
Get up and get active by being physically active for at least 30 minutes a day. Using this time to do something active that you enjoy will help you meet your minimum goal of 30 minutes per day.
Know your ABC’S: Ask your doctor if you should take an Aspirin every day. Find out if you have high Blood pressure or Cholesterol, and if you do, get effective treatment.
Make your calories count by eating a heart-healthy diet high in fresh fruits and vegetables and low in sodium and trans fat.
Take control of your heart health by following your doctor’s prescription instructions.
For more information about cardiovascular diseases and what you can do to join the battle against heart disease, please visit https://www.heart.org/.