Wear RED! February is American Heart Month!

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Heart disease is an umbrella term for any type of disorder that affects the heart.  Almost a quarter of deaths in the USA today are caused by heart disease.  Many of the more common examples of heart disease include Coronary Artery Disease, Heart failure, and Dilated Cardiomyopathy.

The heart is a muscular organ that is literally a pump.  Blood is collected and pumped to the lungs through the pulmonary arteries.  Lungs provide that blood with a fresh supply of oxygen while breathing out carbon dioxide.  Blood is then pumped throughout the body to supply tissues with oxygen and nutrients.

February American Heart Month was established to raise awareness about how people can prevent this leading cause of death.  Heart disease can be prevented when you are proactive about maintaining a healthy life style and managing your health conditions through regular check-ups. Keeping your heart healthy and strong is so vital to living a long, healthy, youthful life!  Small steps now play a huge role in keeping your heart strong. 

*Make healthy eating choices.  Stay away from processed foods which contain artificial sweeteners and flavors, trans fats, preservatives, and high fructose corn syrup.  These foods are essentially chemicals which disrupt a healthy body!  Shopping the perimeter of the grocery store is the best way to make wise food choices when grocery shopping.  The perimeter contains fresh produce, meats and fish, and dairy.  The inside aisles contain more boxed food which is filled with preservatives to extend shelf life.

*Exercise!  Keeping that blood flowing and “exercising” your heart is a sure way to prevent many types of heart disease.  At least 15 minutes of cardio activity should be included in your daily routine.  This can be a brisk walk, a run, elliptical machine, kick boxing, aerobics –anything that gets you to sweat a little and get your heart rate up.  Every other day or at least twice a week you should include some sort of strength and resistance training – resistance bands, weights, or planking (The BEST exercise for your core: your POWERHOUSE!).

*Get clean, fresh air.  Stay away from pollutants and toxins including carbon monoxide.  Avoid smoking which damages your lungs.

 

Make heart health your priority.  February 5th is National Wear Red Day which was created to support research directed at cardiovascular health and to raise awareness of heart disease and prevention.

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