February is American Hearth Month

Cardiovascular diseases, such as heart disease, stroke, and high blood pressure, are the leading global causes of death for both men and women, with more than 17.3 million deaths each year. While this rate has fallen dramatically since the 1960s, it is expected to rise to more than 23.6 million by 2030. Heart disease doesn’t happen just to older adults—it can happen at any age. High rates of obesity and high blood pressure are putting younger people (ages 35-64) at risk for heart disease.

Top 3 risk factors for heart disease

  1. Smoking: Smoking damages the blood vessels and can cause heart disease.
  2. High blood pressure: Millions of Americans have high blood pressure, and almost half of those affected do not have it under control.
  3. High blood cholesterol: Diabetes, obesity, smoking, unhealthy diet, and insufficient physical activity can lead to high cholesterol which increases the risk for heart disease.

Top 4 controllable factors

  1. Smoking: Smoking increases your risk for heart disease and is the leading cause of preventable death in the United States. If you smoke, take steps to quit smoking today!
  2. Proper management of health conditions: Manage your conditions such as high blood pressure and high cholesterol and take any medicines you have been prescribed.
  3. Eating a healthy diet:Eat a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, lean meats, and low-fat dairy products. Limit foods high in dietary cholesterol, saturated fats, trans fats, and sodium; and reduce your consumption of sugary foods and beverages.
  4. Physical activitiy: Physical activity can help you maintain a healthy weight (being overweight or obese increases your risk for heart disease) and lower your blood pressure, cholesterol, and sugar levels. The American Heart Association recommends at least 150 minutes of moderate intensity physical activity each week. Physical activity can improve your overall quality of life as well as reduce your risk of developing cardiovascular disease by 30% – 40%.

Partner with Russell Medical for Optimum Hearth Health

February is Heart Month, the perfect time to learn about your risk for heart disease and the steps you need to take now to help your heart. This month (and all year long), Russell Medical asks you to focus on making positive, heart healthy choices. For more information about heart health, to schedule an annual checkup, or for assistance with incorporating a heart healthy change such as quitting smoking, contact us today!