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February Marks Heart Health Month

Posted on 01/31/2019
Heart Health

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women. To help realize just how important our heart is, here are some interesting heart health facts:

Very few people can identify all the major symptoms of a heart attack and know how to call 911 immediately when they occur.  According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), the major signs of a heart attack are: chest pain or discomfort, upper body pain or discomfort in the arms, back, neck, jaw, or upper stomach, shortness of breath, nausea, lightheadedness, or cold sweats.

The American Heart Association (AHA) emphasizes that only about $1 in $6 US healthcare dollars are spent on cardiovascular disease each year even though it’s the costliest condition in America.

According to the AHA, heart disease is the number 1 killer of women in America and is deadlier than all forms of cancer combined.

According to the Cleveland Clinic, an adult pumps more than a gallon of blood per minute – enough to fill 38,000 drinking glasses each day!

The AHA states that studies have shown yoga is effective in slowing down your heart rate, which can help lower your blood pressure.

Laughing may increase overall health. AHA research suggest a good laugh can increase your blood flow by 20%. The positive effects of this can last for 24 hours.

This awareness of vital heart health information supports how important our heart is. More exercise and better nutrition are simple, yet effective ways to work towards a healthier lifestyle. Eating a diet rich in fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and beans, and eating less processed foods help prevent heart disease. Quitting tobacco and replacing sugary beverages with water also improves heart health. Getting regular checkups or biometric screenings will help you assess your heart disease risk and allow you to work towards healthier goals.