According to the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), heart disease is one of the leading causes of death for men and women in the United States. The good news is: heart disease is typically preventable. Our team at Galfand Berger wants to remind our readers that this February is American Heart Month. American Heart Month is an annual awareness campaign with the goal of teaching people how to make healthy decisions that lead to optimal heart health.
Heart disease is an umbrella term for an array of health conditions that affect a person’s heart. Some of the most common types of heart disease are:
American Heart Month is the perfect time to learn more about heart disease and the conditions that lead to it. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report that half of all Americans have at least one of the top three risk factors for developing heart disease, which are:
The CDC also reports that every one in four deaths in the U.S. is a consequence of heart disease – that means that approximately 647,000 Americans die from it every year. According to the agency, coronary artery disease is responsible for the majority of heart disease-related deaths.
Although symptoms of heart disease vary by condition, there are some general warning signs and symptoms to watch out for. Possible symptoms of heart disease include the sensation of tightness, pain, discomfort, or pressure in the chest, shortness of breath, pain in the neck, jaw, upper abdomen, or back, and irregular heartbeat (e.g. rapid, fluttering, pounding, etc.) The Mayo Clinic says it is critical to seek emergency medical attention if a person is experiencing any of the following symptoms:
When it comes to a healthier heart, it is never too late to make life-changing decisions. Quitting smoking, eating a healthy diet, and exercising regularly are all helpful ways to prevent heart disease. Other useful ways to guard against heart disease include limiting alcohol intake, maintaining a healthy weight, taking medications as directed by a medical professional, checking cholesterol levels, and controlling blood pressure. For individuals with heart problems or who have high risk factors, it is advisable to work with a team of healthcare professionals who can effectively monitor the condition(s).
And do not forget — February 7th is National Wear Red Day. Wear red to help raise awareness about heart disease in your neighborhood!
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