February is American Heart Month!

I'm sure everyone has heard of this month, the National Wear Red Day. Did you know it was more than just a color or words? This month is to help raise awareness and promote heart health.

Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States, every year 1 in 4 deaths are caused by heart disease. But there's good news, heart disease is often preventable if you make healthy choices and manage your health conditions properly. You can work together with your healthcare professionals and family to create opportunities to make the better, healthier, choices.

According to the CDC heart disease isn't just happening to the older adults, it's happening to the younger adults more and more often. Heart disease and the conditions leading to it can happen at any age. Half of all Americans have at least one of the top three risk factors of heart disease.

Some risk factors that are affecting the younger people and causing heart disease:

  • High Blood Pressure- Having uncontrolled high blood pressure is one of the biggest risk factors for heart disease and other harmful conditions such as stroke.

  • High Blood Cholesterol- High cholesterol can increase the risk for heart disease. Having Diabetes and obesity, smoking, eating unhealthy foods, and not getting enough physical activity can all contribute to unhealthy cholesterol levels.

  • Smoking- Smoking damages the blood vessels and can cause heart disease.

Other risk factors include:

  • Obesity

  • Diabetes

  • Physical inactivity

  • Unhealthy Eating Habits

Some ways you can help take control of your heart health include but are not limited to:

  • Don't Smoke- Smoking can lead to even more wealth issues that could be preventable. If you don't smoke, don't start. If you do smoke, there are many programs and ways to help you quit.

  • Manage Your Conditions- Work with your doctor to control health conditions such as high blood pressure and cholesterol.

  • Make Heart Healthy Eating Changes- Make healthier choices when deciding what you want to eat.

  • Stay Active- Get at least 150 minutes of activity per week.

  • For more information check out the American Heart Association or the CDC. Speaking to your health care professionals can also be a great way to learn more and your risks.

Ways we're working to bring awareness to others... We are following the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute.

Week of 2/11 #OurHearts at Home

What do you do at home with your family to stay heart healthy?

Share your #OurHearts stories and photos about how families and parents rely on friends, family, and the community to be heart healthy.

Week of 2/18 #OurHearts in the Community

What’s going on in your community that helps you stay heart healthy? Highlight what your members, followers, constituents, and others in your community do to help people be heart healthy. Organize a walk, run, or dance class. Host a health fair. Offer blood pressure screenings. Share community activities on social!

Week of 2/25 #OurHearts Online

How do digital communities help you and others stay heart healthy? Highlight your online communities and their activities. Join NHLBI for a Facebook Live heart-healthy cooking demo on February 26.

Join us each week on Facebook to see #ourhearts and make sure to add yours to share with the world and bring more awareness to the importance of heart health.

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