Heart Health Matters

Heart Health Matters

February is American Heart Month, giving each of us a chance to refocus on our cardiovascular health. So, let’s brush up on our heart health knowledge for a better understanding of heart disease risk factors and action steps that can be taken to live a heart-healthy lifestyle.

Who’s at risk of heart disease?

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), heart disease causes about 695,000 deaths in the United States each year. That translates into one in every five deaths.

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for men, women, and people of most racial and ethnic groups. People at higher risk include individuals with:

Other risk factors include having diabetes and being overweight or obese. Genetics may also play a role. Conditions like high blood pressure can be inherited, so it’s important to discuss your complete family history with your doctor to determine if you have an increased risk.

Lifestyle choices can also increase your risk, such as smoking, eating an unhealthy diet and not exercising enough.

Simple ways to love your heart

One person dies every 33 seconds in the U.S. due to a heart disease-related event. Small steps to improve your heart health can make a huge impact. Start by discussing your risks and family history with your doctor. Next, make lifestyle changes to decrease your risk. It’s really that simple!

Heart Health Matters Infographic

Below is an infographic you can share with your friends, family and co-workers. We encourage you to share this important message about heart health across your social media accounts. You can also print it out and hang it in the break room or bulletin board.

Click here for a PDF version.

Another good practice is to sign up for an HSI CPR, AED and First Aid class. Learn to recognize all the warning signs for a heart attack and the difference between heart attacks and sudden cardiac arrest.

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