Reduce the Risk

It is February, which means it is American Heart Month! Now is the time to battle cardiovascular disease and educate ourselves on what we can do to live heart-healthy lives. 

Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in the United States and unfortunately, most of us know someone who has had a stroke or 1120220 heart_puzzlesuffered from heart disease. Cardiovascular disease is a debilitating health issue that can prevent people from working and enjoying daily activities. One in every three deaths is from heart disease. Take action now to prevent the nation’s leading killers and start being heart-smart. You are at a higher risk of heart disease if you are:

  • A woman 55 years of age or older
  • A man 45 years of age or older
  • A person with a family history of early heart disease

There are a number of ways to help prevent heart disease. To keep your heart healthy, start by following the steps below:

  • If you smoke, stop now. Smoking increases your risk of heart disease and heart attack.
  • Watch your weight.
  • Control your cholesterol and blood pressure.
  • Get active and eat healthy.
  • Reduce stress levels.
  • If you are a man over the age of 45, or a woman over 55, talk to your doctor about taking a low-dose of aspirin once a day.

To learn more about heart health, click HERE to view the American Heart Association's website.

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