February is Heart Month – Get the Facts and Lower Your Risk
Heart disease is the number one killer of women and men, regardless of race. Heart disease strikes at younger ages than most people think, the risk rises in middle age and can decrease your entire quality of life. In fact, coronary artery disease causes roughly 1.2 million heart attacks each year, and more than forty percent of those suffering from a heart attack will die.*
And one in three Americans has one or more types of cardiovascular disease.** Exercise, eating healthy and reducing stress can reduce your risk of heart disease. You can protect your heart by taking care of it every day.
Reduce your Risk
Some risk factors for heart disease you can control and some you cannot. You cannot change heredity risk factors, but you can reduce your risk by making changes in your lifestyle. Controllable risk factors include:
- Overweight or obesity, especially if extra weight is carried around the mid-section
- Uncontrolled diabetes
- Physically inactive
- High blood cholesterol
- High blood pressure
- High levels of stress and anger
Making changes in your lifestyle is a proven method for reducing your risk of heart disease. While there are no guarantees that a heart-healthy lifestyle will keep heart disease away, these changes will certainly improve your health in other ways, such as improving your physical and emotional wellbeing. Also, because some risk factors are related to others, making changes in one area can benefit other areas.
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** Heart Disease and Stroke Statistics -- 2008 Update, American Heart Association