Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women in the United States – but it is also the most preventable!
February is Heart Health Month, and there are plenty of ways you can make a difference in your community to reduce the risk factors for heart disease.
Heart disease can occur at any age, but the risk of stroke doubles with each decade after the age of 55. Heart disease describes a wide variety of diseases of the heart and blood vessels.
Make heart-healthy choices by getting active with a physical activity. If you would benefit from lowering your blood pressure or cholesterol, the American Heart Association recommends 40 minutes of aerobic exercise of moderate to vigorous intensity three to four times a week.
Eat a heart-healthy diet with a variety of fruits and vegetables, whole grains and low-fat dairy products. Avoid saturated fat, sodium, sweets and sugar-sweetened beverages. If you eat red meat, select the leanest cuts available.
Hearthstone Communities, a continuing care retirement community in McHenry County, offers a wide variety of physical activities! The campus also includes a dining room with nutritious options offered daily.
Get regular check-ups by your physician to manage your health and monitor your blood pressure and cholesterol. Follow your doctor’s prescription instructions.
Stop smoking, and indulge in no more than one alcoholic drink per day. Smokers are twice as likely to suffer a heart attach as non-smokers.
It’s also important to know your family history. Review your risk factors with your doctor. Individuals with a higher risk of heart disease may be advised to take a daily aspirin.
Caring for your heart through a healthy diet and regular physical activity is the key to preventing heart disease.