Did you know that heart disease is the number one silent killer in both men and women and the leading cause of death in the United States? That is why the month of February is dedicated to raising awareness about heart disease. It is important to know your risk factors, and to make healthy lifestyle choices to prevent heart disease. Risk factors that we cannot change include age, family history, genetics, and ethnicity. The risk factors that can be managed successfully include diet, controlling blood pressure and cholesterol, maintaining a healthy weight, exercising, not smoking, and reducing stress. Prevention is the key to maintaining a healthy heart. LocateADoc.com can help you find cardiology doctors in your area.
Understanding the most common types and the warning signs is the first step to preventing heart disease. WebMD has a site to help educate you on the dangers and stay on track to a better, healthier heart!
Fortunately, there is a lot you can do to prevent heart disease. A healthy lifestyle is the key to a healthy heart.
Strive for the following:
- Refrain from smoking
- Try to exercise for at least 30 minutes a few days a week
- Eat a heart healthy diet
- Get regular health screenings
You can also help those less fortunate. Help-a-Heart has been using FirstGiving to fundraise for this specific cause since 2010. Its mission is to help children with congenital heart defects (CHD’s), because those with heart health issues are often born with them.