Waushara County Health News

Heart Healthy Lifestyle for Heart Health Month

Heart Disease, which includes Stroke and other Cardiovascular Diseases, is the leading cause of death for both men and women in the United States, and is also one of the most preventable diseases.

February is federally designated as American Heart Health Month. The purpose of Heart Health Month is to remind Americans to focus on their hearts and encourage them to get their families, friends and communities involved. The best way to look after your heart is with a healthy lifestyle.

Here are some tips to a heart healthy lifestyle:

• Get Regular Health Screenings: High blood pressure and cholesterol can damage your heart and blood vessels and increase your risk for developing Heart Disease. This is why it is important to get regular screenings so you know your numbers and can take appropriate action. The American Diabetes Association recommends starting screening at age 45, and then retesting every three years.

• Be Smoke and Tobacco Free: Smoking or using tobacco of any kind is one of the most significant risk factors for developing heart disease. Chemicals in tobacco can damage your heart and blood vessels, leading to narrowing of the arteries due to plaque buildup. This greatly increases the risk of heart attack or stroke.

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