Healthy Heart Month
The month of February has been nominated Healthy Heart Month. Why February? Could it be because it’s the month of Valentine’s Day, where the symbol is the red heart? Or could it have something to do with romance, chocolates and wine?
Ironically, romance, chocolates and wine are good for the heart too for various reasons, so why don’t we celebrate Valentine’s Day all month instead of heart disease? And why is it that heart disease plagues women more so than men?
The American Heart Association created the Go Red for Women Campaign in 2003 to help increase the awareness of women’s heart disease and studies. The month of February has been designated Healthy Heart month to focus on heart studies, check-ups and tests to learn more on preventing heart disease and heart attacks. However, the most common cause of death in women is still heart disease.
So let’s talk about some of the things that can be done to help prevent heart disease in both men and women. This list is called the “Simple Seven” and it is very simple to maintain for your heart’s sake.
Because the heart is a muscle, if these conditions are detected in time, they can possibly be prevented with daily physical activity, which increases your length and quality of life.
If you get at least 30 minutes of moderate physical activity each day, five times per week, you can almost guarantee an improvement.
Learn to control your cholesterol and give your arteries a break by allowing them to stay clear of plague build up.
Choose healthy foods that are fueled with vitamins and minerals that our bodies use to make new cells and create the energy we need to thrive and fight diseases.
Manage your blood pressure and keep it within healthy ranges so you can reduce the strain on your heart, arteries, and kidneys, which keeps you healthier longer.
If you’re overweight, you can reduce your risk for heart disease by successfully losing weight and keeping it off; especially if it is in your mid-section as this is the danger zone for auto-immune diseases.
Diabetes appears when your body is unable to create insulin to carry your food energy into your cells. This is a good indication that your blood sugar levels are too high and need to be managed.
And last but not least, smoking damages your entire circulatory system, and increases your risk for coronary heart disease, hardened arteries, aneurysm and blood clots.
Don’t ignore the signs as they can be different in men and women. Get your check-up. Eat healthy and stay active.