It’s All About the Heart

It’s All About the Heart

 

During the month of February, there is a lot of attention paid to matters of the heart. We celebrate Valentine’s Day, Black History Month, President’s Day, even Thank a Mailman Day.  Generally, February is the month of love, acceptance and appreciation. At Network Health we would love for you to appreciate your heart health and accept responsibility for staying healthy.

The American Heart Association, with the support of President Obama has declared February National Heart Month.

Heart Disease and Women

According to the American Heart Association, one in three women die from heart disease and stroke each year. Here is what you can do to reduce your risk of heart disease and stroke.

  • Visit org to learn how to reduce your risk.
  • Encourage others to become healthy.
  • Share the following acronym published by the American Heart Association.
    • Get Your Numbers: Ask your doctor to check your blood pressure, cholesterol and glucose.
    • Own Your Lifestyle: Stop smoking, lose weight, be physically active and eat healthy.
    • Raise Your Voice: Advocate for more women’s health-related research and education.
    • Educate Your Family: Make healthy food choices for you & your family. Teach your kids the importance of staying active.
    • Donate: Show your support with a donation of time or money.

The American Heart Association and the Go Red for Women campaign have released some facts about cardiovascular diseases. Follow this link for five little facts that may save your life.

Heart Disease and Men

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), coronary artery disease (narrowing of the arteries leading to the heart) is the only type of heart disease that takes the lives of men every year. Other types of heart disease include abnormal heart rhythms, heart failure, heart valve disease, congenital heart disease and pericardial disease to name a few.

Take these seven steps to lower your risk of heart disease.

  1. Get active
  2. Control cholesterol
  3. Eat better
  4. Manage blood pressure
  5. Lose weight
  6. Reduce blood sugar
  7. Stop smoking

If you need help managing your risk factors, Network Health can help. Visit meetnetworkhealth.com for more information. Show your heart some love this February.


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