February is Heart Month

Heart Month

February is Heart MonthThe month each year when the nation’s attention turns to heart disease.  Risk factors for heart disease that you can control include the following:

  • High Blood Pressure– This condition can increase your risk of stroke and heart attack and usually has no symptoms.  Talk to your healthcare professional about your risk.
  • Smoking – Smoking cigarettes is the most preventable risk factor of heart disease and it increases your risk two to four times than that of nonsmokers.  It is never too late to quit.
  • High Cholesterol – The higher your total blood cholesterol the greater your risk of coronary heart disease.  Take steps to lower your cholesterol levels by losing unnecessary weight and limit the saturated fats, trans fats and cholesterol you eat.
  • Physical Inactivity – Lack of physical activity increases your risk of coronary heart disease.  Aim to get 150 minutes of moderate physical activity each week.
  • Being obese or overweight– If you have excess body fat – especially at the waist – you are more likely to develop heart disease and stroke.
  • Diabetes – To prevent or manage diabetes, watch your weight and diet, be active, don’t smoke and avoid secondhand smoke.

Your heart is in your hands.  Know your risk factors and talk to your healthcare professional for a plan to help make your life more healthy and extraordinary!

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