Other than it being Valentine’s Day this month it is also American Heart Month.
All of February is American Healthy Heart Month.
So what does that mean….?
It means that doctors all over the United States are asking you to pay attention to a silent killer that is killing more and more people every year. Heart disease is the cause of 1 in 4 deaths in the U.S.
Minor lifestyle changes can have a major impact on helping you prevent heart disease. Heart disease is devastating to you and your loved ones.
Below are a couple small changes that you can make to help immensely:
- LESS SALT- You have probably heard this many times. Too much sodium causes an increased blood pressure, which negatively affects your heart, brain, and kidneys.
- Physical Activity- Thirty minutes each day of elevating your heart rate is crucial to preventing heart disease or stroke. These are the number 1 and number 5 killers in the U.S. It may help to find something that you love to do so that it won’t seem like so much of a chore.
Recent studies show that the average age is decreasing of people affected by heart disease. The obesity rates in youth are increasing. This is partially because of fast food, junk food, and not enough physical activity. Heart disease is no longer something that affects you when you get older, it is affecting everyone. So make some healthy changes for your family and your family’s future.