February is Heart Disease Awareness Month!
Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women. You can make healthy changes to lower your risk of developing heart disease. Controlling and preventing risk factors is also important for people who already have heart disease. Below are some ways you can lower your risk:
- Manage 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!
Each week this month, we will focus on an area where you can make a healthy change to lower your risk of developing heart disease.
Week 4-Know The Symptoms
People who consider themselves healthy often misdiagnose the symptoms of a heart attack because they don’t think it could happen to them. That is why it’s crucial to learn about heart disease and stroke, know your numbers, live a heart-healthy lifestyle and be aware of the risk factors of heart disease.
For more information on preventing heart disease, you can read this article from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.