Keeping a Healthy Heart

To prevent heart disease and increase awareness of its effects, Debra Levy Eldercare Associates is proudly participating in American Heart Month. Heart disease in women is especially of concern since eight million women in the United States live with heart disease, and 34 million women are at risk for developing heart disease. Chances are, someone you know and love has been impacted by heart disease.

American Heart Month began its February tradition in 1964, at the proclamation of President Lyndon Johnson. Last February, President Barack Obama’s proclamation stated, “In the United States, cardiovascular disease — including heart disease, stroke, and high blood pressure — is responsible for one out of every three deaths. It is the number one killer of American women and men, and it is a leading cause of serious illness and disability.”

Risk factors for heart disease include obesity, diabetes, and smoking, just to name a few. This is a great time to refresh your memory on the small but important actions you can take. By working on eating healthy diets and exercising regularly, we can help fight this often invisible epidemic. People don’t usually know when their blood pressure is high! Checking it regularly and discussing it with your doctor is important. Eating a diet low in sodium and cholesterol is a key component to staying healthy as well.

Keep moving! It’s good for your heart! Exercising regularly, even if it’s just taking a walk, could make a big difference in your heart health. Do whatever you are able to do but get active!

If you’re a smoker, quit. Easier said than done, but smoking causes a lot of damage to your heart. You are at a higher risk for heart attacks and strokes at younger ages if you continue to smoke.

To stay heart healthy, here are a few tips to remember and share with those whose hearts you love:
• Watch your weight
• Quit smoking and stay away from secondhand smoke
• Control your cholesterol and blood pressure
• If you drink alcohol, drink only in moderation
• Get active and eat healthy

Encourage everyone you know to wear red on February 5, 2016, in honor of American Heart Month.

Happy Heart Month!