Celebrate Heart Month

February 16, 2012 at 5:38 pm Leave a comment

February is American Heart Month, a time devoted to remind us that it is never too late or too early to take action to improve our heart health.

With more than 2 million heart attacks and strokes and over 800,000 deaths a year, most of us know someone who has had a heart attack, heart disease or stroke.

Did you know?

  • Cardiovascular disease, also known as heart disease, is the leading cause of death for both men and women in the United States.
  • One in every three deaths is from heart disease and stroke, totaling 2,200 deaths per day.

Fight back and help prevent heart disease by:

  • Eating a healthy diet
  • Exercising every day
  • Avoiding tobacco use
  • Reducing the amount of sodium, nutrient-poor foods and trans fat we consume

These changes will reduce the need for medical treatment for high blood pressure or cholesterol—and will ultimately help prevent heart attacks and strokes.

Source: American Heart Association and the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute.

Entry filed under: Exercise, Managing your health, Nutrition, To Your Health.

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