February is American Heart Month
January 29, 2019
Cardiovascular disease, or CVD, is the leading cause of death and disability across the globe. Here in the United States, the first ever American Heart Month was observed more than 50 years ago. This year, the longstanding and federally designated event continues to remind individuals just how important it is to focus on their cardiovascular health, as well to provide useful information on how a person can limit his or her cardiac health risks and ways to make healthy lifestyle choices.
Some Important Facts: Heart Disease in the United States
According to the American Heart Association (AHA), almost everyone knows someone who has been affected by cardiovascular disease, such as having a history of heart attack or stroke. Approximately 2,300 Americans die from cardiovascular complications every day – that means one death every 38 seconds. Certain risk factors, like a person’s family history or age, are impossible to control. But others, like eating a healthy diet, not smoking cigarettes and/or using other tobacco-based products, and exercising, are all proven ways that people can reduce their heart disease risk level.
The AHA estimates that somewhere around 84 million Americans currently suffering from different types of CVD. Some of the most common cardiovascular diseases, events, and conditions include:
- Coronary heart disease
- Rheumatic heart disease;
- High blood pressure;
- Aortic aneurism, and:
- Heart attack and stroke
Depending on what the condition a person has, the treatment options can vary greatly. Although some kinds of CVD are more treatable than others, many cardiovascular conditions result in permanent disability or death. If you have concerns about your cardiac health, please consult directly with a medical professional.
American Heart Month’s Useful Resources
In observance of American Heart Month, the AHA provides a variety of helpful tools and tips for people who want to learn more about preventing cardiovascular disease and decreasing the associated risk factors. Some of the AHA’s resources have to do with healthy eating choices, and others offer instructions on how to avoid becoming overly stressed out.
And just one last thing – don’t forget that Friday, February 2nd is National Wear Red Day. On National Wear Red Day, men, women, and children can wear the color to promote cardiovascular health awareness. To learn more about American Heart Month, National Wear Red Day or to check out the AHA’s recommendations, please visit the AHA website.
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