February is American Heart month.
Since 1963, the American Congress has required the president to proclaim February as American Heart Month to urge U.S. citizens to join the battle against cardiovascular diseases – Initial efforts were first led by the American Heart Association.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports heart disease as the leading cause of death in the United States.
“The most common heart disease in the United States is coronary heart disease, which often appears as a heart attack. In 2010, an estimated 785,000 Americans had a new coronary attack, and about 470,000 had a recurrent attack..”
There are many causes of heart disease, such as smoking, high blood pressure, high blood cholesterol, physical inactivity, being overweight or obese, diabetes, family history, and age.
And with the causes of heart disease comes many different types. Among many, WebMD lists several – Heart attack, irregular heart rhythm, hart valve disease, congenital cardiac heart disease, and sudden cardiac death.
Taking the proper precautions to avoid heart disease is ultimately the best way to dodge a diagnosis and you can do that by having your blood pressure checked occasionally, eat less cholesterol and saturated fats, eat less meat, exercise regularly, stay at your healthy weight, avoid stress, and avoid tobacco.
In addition to the above precautions, health care provider Kaiser Permanente, lists five simple health aging tips to help seniors avoid heart disease in their company blog entry titled “Seniors: Be Good To Your Heart On Valentine’s Day And All Year Long.”
– Be Sweet – Try blueberries or strawberries instead of chocolate to help keep your arteries open.
– Move To The Beat – Participate in any activity like dancing or walking to keep moving. This can help increase blood circulation, reduce stress, and protect your heart.
– Do Your Thing – Participate in activities that help slow your heart and breathing rates such as painting, writing, yoga and meditation.
– Avoid Tobacco
– Maintain A healthy Weight
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