February: Heart Health Month

February: Heart Health Month

February is the month of love, but it also brings awareness to the leading cause of death for both men and women in the United States.  While it is an extremely deadly disease, it is also highly preventable.  February is dedicated to spreading the word about ways to maintain a healthy heart and prevent cardiovascular disease.  Simply by making heart-healthy choices, having regular heart check-ups, and being aware of any risk factors and your family history you can help prevent heart disease.

The Rundown on Cardiovascular Disease

Heart disease includes numerous problems many that are related to atherosclerosis.  Atherosclerosis is a condition that is characterized by the buildup of plaque in the walls of arteries, which can make it harder for blood to flow.  This can lead to heart attacks or strokes that can be deadly.

There are various types of heart disease including heart failure, arrhythmia, and heart valve problems.  Medication and lifestyle change is often suggested for those who experience these issues.

The Statistics

In 2011, cardiovascular disease killed almost 800,000 people in the United States.  Heart disease affects most racial and ethnic groups including African Americans, Hispanics, and Whites.  Not only is it the major cause of death, it also is a major cause of disability. Heart diseases claims more lives than all forms of cancers combines, so the awareness of this disease is vital. 

The Preventatives

The primary ways to reduce your chances of getting heart disease is by controlling and monitoring your blood pressure, living a healthy lifestyle, prevent or monitor diabetes, and know your cholesterol.  Simply by exercising often, eating fruits and vegetables, and maintaining a healthy weight, you can prevent heart disease.

Take the month of February to learn more about heart disease and how you and your family can prevent this deadly disease. If you have any questions about heart disease, feel free to give us a call (830)-792-8843.