February is American Heart Month – a fitting time to bring awareness to the dangers of heart disease and stroke.
Sand Lake Imaging would like to remind you, our community, to focus on your hearts and encourage you and your friends to get involved in this common goal: the eradication of heart disease.
Now is the perfect time to know your risks and take steps to decrease your chances of having heart disease.
- High blood pressure: Having uncontrolled high blood pressure is one of the biggest risks for heart disease and stroke.
- High blood cholesterol: High cholesterol increases the risk of heart disease. Diabetes, obesity, smoking, eating unhealthy foods, and not exercising contribute to high blood cholesterol.
- Smoking: More than 37 million American adults are smokers. Thousands of young people start smoking every day. Blood vessels are damaged by smoking, which can cause heart disease.
- Obesity: Extra weight stresses your heart.
- Diabetes: Sugar build-up in your blood can damage blood vessels leading to heart disease. Nearly 10 percent of Americans have diabetes.
- Inactivity: Being physically active keeps your heart and blood vessels healthy. The American Heart Association recommends at least 150 minutes of physical activity per week.
- Unhealthy eating: Most Americans eat too much sodium, increasing their blood pressure. Replace processed foods which are known to be high in sodium, with fresh fruits and vegetables to help lower your blood pressure. Diets high in trans-fat, saturated fat, and added sugar increase the risk factor for heart disease.
Changes You Can Make to Decrease Your Risk of Heart Disease
- Don’t smoke. If you smoke, stop smoking now. Smoking is the leading cause of preventable deaths in the United States.
- Manage your health care: If you do have high blood pressure or high cholesterol, work with your care team to manage it through diet, exercise, and medications.
- Eat healthy foods: Make heart-healthy changes to your diet. Eat fresh fruits and vegetables, lean meats, and avoid processed foods and foods high in sodium.
- Get active and stay active! Join an adult exercise class at the gym, go for a walk with a friend, or walk your golf game to get moving.
This year, Wear Red and Go Red for Women Day is on February 7th, to bring awareness about cardiovascular disease and save lives. Click here to find out how you can help in the fight against heart disease.
Sand Lake Imaging cares about your overall health. If you have concerns or questions about your heart health, please consult your physician.