American Heart Month
February is Heart Month, an important time to bring more awareness to cardiac issues such as heart disease, which according to the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, affects 11% of Americans (more than 1 out of every 9 people). Heart.org reports that heart disease is the number one killer of Americans, yet 72% of Americans don’t consider themselves at risk.
Fortunately, heart disease is one of the most preventable illnesses through healthy nutrition choices and closely monitoring sodium intake, blood sugar and cholesterol, as well as choosing to not smoke, effectively managing stress and aiming to get at least 150 minutes of exercise per week.
Harvard Health recommends small lifestyle changes like a short ten-minute walk, eating one extra fruit or vegetable per day, or trying some deep breathing exercises which can not only help you relax but also lower blood pressure.Make sure to speak with your doctor about steps you can take to protect your heart starting today.