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NYARNG Safety Message 18-04

American Heart Month

February is American Heart Month

February is American Heart Month

February falls just about in the middle of the winter months. The holidays are over and the weather is usually not favorable for outdoor activities like running or cycling. Our fitness routines change during the winter months. Our eating habits may have changed during these months. The American Heart Association would like to make everyone aware that heart health remains important no matter what time of year it is.

Heart attacks and strokes are the first things that come to mind when we think of health issues involving our cardio-vascular system. According to the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute - heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States. Fortunately, it is largely preventable and there are many things people can do to reduce their risk, such as being more active. You should strive for at least 150 minutes (2 1/2 hours) each week of physical activity that gets your heart pumping and leaves you a little breathless. There are flexible ways to break it into amounts of daily activity, and even small amounts add up and can have lasting heart health benefits.

February is American Heart Month

Coronary heart disease (CHD) is a disease in which a waxy substance called plaque builds up inside the coronary arteries. These arteries supply oxygen-rich blood to your heart muscle. This occurs over years and can eventually cause atherosclerosis. The plaque build-up can cause arteries to harden or could eventually cause a blood-clot.

Major Risk Factors:

Screening and Prevention:

You can prevent and control coronary heart disease (CHD) by taking action to control your risk factors with heart-healthy lifestyle changes and medicines. Examples of risk factors you can control include high blood cholesterol, high blood pressure, and overweight and obesity. Only a few risk factors-such as age, gender, and family history-can’t be controlled.

To reduce your risk of CHD and heart attack, try to control each risk factor you have by adopting the following heart-healthy lifestyles:

Know your family history of health problems related to CHD. If you or someone in your family has CHD, be sure to tell your doctor. If lifestyle changes aren't enough, you also may need medicines to control your CHD risk factors.

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