February is American Heart Month, and during this month, we wear red to help raise awareness for heart disease. Heart disease is a severe medical disease, and it is one of the leading causes of death in the United States. Heart disease in medical terminology is called cardiovascular disease. There are four types of heart disease: Coronary Heart, Stroke, Peripheral Arterial Disease, and Aortic Disease. All four of these are dangerous and can lead to death. The first main thing to help prevent heart disease is to check your heart regularly at your yearly physicals. Knowing how healthy your heart is at these visits will give you clarity, but risk can come later in life.
There are more ways to prevent heart disease:
- Eating a healthy diet will give your heart the nutrients needed to keep the heart pumping strong.
- Being physically healthy is another great way to prevent heart disease. Even doing 30 minutes of physical exercise a day can help. Exercises that get your heart rate paced include swimming, walking, and dancing. When our heart is working hard, it will keep us healthy.
- You are keeping your blood pressure and stress levels controlled.
- Get between six to eight hours of sleep each night.
The first signs of heart disease can be chest pain, upper back and neck pain, indigestion, heartburn, nausea and vomiting, fatigue, dizziness, and shortness of breath. If you are feeling any of these symptoms, Please Do Not Hesitate to Call 9-1-1 Immediately!