In February 1964, nine years after having a heart attack, Lyndon B. Johnson declared February as heart health month. Today 56 years later the first Friday in February continues to raise awareness of heart health. Even more spectacular is while heart health month draws attention to remind Americans and their family to focus on their hearts, it also brings millions together with the same goal, which is to eliminate heart disease and stroke.
The number of Americans killed each year is 630,000 and 17.9 million globally. It is now clear that heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States. In 2019, the American Heart Association estimated that 116.4 million Americans suffer from hypertension, which is high blood pressure. Even though there is an astonishing number of people with issues surrounding heart disease, there are a number of controllable risks that could be corrected. These risks include high blood pressure, high cholesterol, smoking, diabetes, unhealthy diet, over weight, and obesity.
Heart disease is the #1 killer of women and actually more than all forms of cancer combined. GO RED, which was formed in 2004, is intended to help women fight back against heart disease. What GO RED stands for is absolutely beautiful and I find it quite powerful.
Get your numbers. Check blood pressure and cholesterol frequently.
Own your lifestyle. Quit smoking, lose weight, exercise, and eat a healthy diet.
Realize your risk and that it can happen to you. Heart disease kills one of three women.
Educate your family and encourage healthy food for your family.
Don’t be silent. Tell every woman you can that heart disease is deadly.
The most common form of heart disease is coronary artery disease (CAD), which can lead to a heart attack. There are many different heart conditions which include: Unstable Angina (this can be undiagnosed chest pain), heart attack, heart failure, Arrhythmia (abnormal heart rhythms), Valve disease, high blood pressure, Congenital Heart Condition, and inherited heart conditions.
Of course there are some things we have absolutely no control, but there are some things that can be done regarding caring for our hearts. I am going to share 10 things that can be done to either prevent or even reverse heart disease which might help you or someone you care about.
- Get moving by adding along with aerobics (good for cardiovascular), strength, flexibility, balance, and coordination to your exercise routine.
- Participate in a community you enjoy. For instances, join a book club, volunteering, family, friends, etc.
- Know your numbers, which includes cholesterol, LDL (Low-density lipoprotein, HDL (high density lipoprotein, Triglycerides (type of fat that is found in our blood),and fasting glucose
- Eat Plant Strong and turn away from what is considered the Standard American Diet. Read labels including both nutrition fats and ingredient lists.
- Get 2-8 hours of restful sleep every night.
- Ensure you have quality time alone and embrace peaceful times. Try removing yourself from known life stressors and learn to not sweat the small things because they do not matter in the big
- picture. Teach yourself how to follow the Relaxation Response and avoid the Fight or Flight Response.
- Don’t smoke and avoid second hand smoke (it is just as dangerous or possibly more dangerous).
- Turn the TV off.
- Develop your own program which will work because you are the one that came up with it!
There are ways we can all prevent the chance of heart disease and the percentages for each are astonishing. I would like to known what your reaction to these incredible numbers.
- No Smoking has a 36% reduction with chance of heart disease.
- Diet including fruits, vegetables, nuts, reduced fat dairy, whole grains, and fish reduced chances of heart disease by 18%.
- Maintain healthy waistline. For men healthy waistline is 37 inches or less. A healthy waistline for women 35 inches or less. This can reduce possibility of heart disease by 12%.
- Drink less than 2 alcoholic drinks daily can reduce your risk of heart disease by 11%.
- Developing a daily/weekly exercise routine can reduce your risk of heart disease by 3%
From a CEO at a large company, to the school teacher trying to raise her children, to an attorney with two houses, to a single mother working two jobs to provide a roof over her family’s head, anyone with a heart can be at risk for heart disease. It is very important to do all you can to protect your heart, not from heart break but from a heart disease that can end your life. The following are 6 questions you can use to assess your risks for heart disease.
- Are you a man over age 45 or a woman over age 55?
- Is there heart disease or diabetes within your family history?
- Do you have diabetes, high blood pressure or high cholesterol?
- Do you smoke?
- Are you overweight?
- Do you have a moderate exercise routine you do less than 3 times a week?
***If you answered “YES” to 3 or more of the question, you might be at risk for heart disease ***
Thank y’all so much for visiting my site today. I do hope this information was helpful for you, either for yourself or someone you care about! Hopefully you are enjoying your weekend and of course feeling the best you can. Please never forget that I am always sending y’all LOTS of love , comfort, and many positive vibes!