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February is Heart
Health Month

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women, but heart disease is preventable and controllable.

The following tips come directly from the Center for Disease Control (CDC). Don’t overlook the simple changes that YOU can make with regard to your HEART HEALTH!

• Heart disease is a major problem.
• Every year, about 715,000 Americans have a heart attack.
• About 600,000 people die from heart disease in the U.S. each year = 1/4 deaths!
• Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women.

Educate yourself. Learn how to prevent Heart Disease - What symptoms to look for - What should you be doing daily to live a healthy lifestyle?

Assess yourself. Are you at risk? Will you be more at risk in 10 years?

Take Action. Eat right, exercise, and include others in your lifestyle.

1. Educate:

The five major symptoms of a heart attack are:
• Pain or discomfort in the jaw, neck, or back.
• Feeling weak, light-headed, or faint.
• Chest pain or discomfort.
• Pain or discomfort in arms or shoulder.
• Shortness of breath.

If you think that you or someone you know is having a heart attack, call 911 immediately!

The term “heart disease” refers to several types of heart conditions. The most common type in the United States is coronary heart disease (also called coronary artery disease), which occurs when a substance called plaque builds up in the arteries that supply blood to the heart. Coronary heart disease can cause heart attack, angina, heart failure, and arrhythmias.

2. Assess yourself:

Does heart disease run in your family?
Do you participate in daily physical activity?
Do your eating habits support a healthy heart?
Are you a smoker?

These are a few questions you can ask yourself to see how at risk you may be. Also, don’t be afraid to speak with your doctor.

3. Action Plan!

• Don’t become overwhelmed. Every step brings you closer to a healthier heart.
• Don’t go it alone. The journey is more fun when you have company. Ask friends and family to join you.
• Don’t get discouraged. You may not be able to take all of the steps at one time. Get a good night’s sleep and do what you can tomorrow.
• Reward yourself. Find fun things to do to decrease your stress. Round up some colleagues for a lunch time walk, join a singing group, or have a healthy dinner with your family or friends.
• Don’t smoke! Smoking can increase the chances of having a heart attack.

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