February 1, 2010

February Is American Heart Month


Learn about everyday steps to maintain a healthy heart.

According to the American Heart Association, cardiovascular diseases, including stroke, are the leading cause of death in the United States. Prevention, however, largely through healthy lifestyle choices, can significantly reduce your risk of heart disease. This is good news and a great reason to raise awareness about heart health during the month of February.

The following simple steps can get you started on the path toward maintaining a healthy heart. For more information about cardiovascular diseases—including prevention, early warning sings, and understanding your personal risk—talk with your doctor and visit the American Heart Association (www.americanheart.org).

  • Don’t smoke.
  • Have blood pressure, blood sugar, blood cholesterol, and triglycerides levels tested and keep them under control.
  • Maintain a healthy weight.
  • Exercise regularly.
  • Eat a healthy diet—one that’s rich in health fats, whole grains and fiber, and fruits and vegetables.
  • Consume only moderate amounts of alcohol (one drink per day or less).

Other preventive steps to consider include regular low-dose aspirin use, vitamin D supplementation, controlling stress and depression, and getting adequate sleep. Discuss these topics with your doctor.


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