Friday, February 1, 2013

Heart Health Month

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By Nurse Diane

I've been doing alot of thinking about hearts lately.  Trying to design my Valentine's Day cards, deciding what kind of treats I want to fix for my family, thinking of people that I love, all these things come to my mind as Valentine's Day approaches.  I guess I am not alone when it comes to thinking about hearts this month.  That is why the American Heart Association has chosen February as Heart health Month.
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According to the CDC, Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in the United States; one in every three deaths is from heart disease and stroke, equal to 2,200 deaths per day.  In November 2011, the Department of Health and Human Services launched a program called one Million Hearts.  The goal of this program is to prevent 1 million heart attacks over the next 5 years.  They are trying to raise awareness by promoting healthy food choices, encouraging exercises, teaching preventative measures such as stop smoking, and getting regular checkups and following your doctor’s orders.
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I have a friend who's heart is as big as Texas.  He has had health problems with his heart, and recently had a pacemaker inserted.  He is very cautious about his Dr's orders.  He eats properly; he takes his medications regularly, and exercises three days a week, well more than that normally.   He doesn't drink or smoke, and had cut down on his caffeine intake.  He is doing all he can to keep his heart healthy and functioning for a very long time.

Here are some recommendations from the CDC to keep your heart healthy:

  • Get up and get active by being physically active for at least 30 minutes on most days of the week.

  • Know your ABCS:

Ask your doctor if you should take an Aspirin every day.
Find out if you have high Blood pressure or Cholesterol, and if you do, get effective treatment.
If you Smoke, get help to quit.

  • Make your calories count by eating a heart-healthy diet high in fresh fruits and vegetables and low in sodium and Trans fat.

  • Take control of your heart health by following your doctor's prescription instructions.
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For more information about how to make your heart healthier, visit this site:

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