Healthy Hearts for Valentine’s Day
On Valentine’s Day, as you think about your loved ones, it’s also a good time to raise awareness about heart disease and stroke. February is American Heart Month and it presents an excellent opportunity to put the spotlight on this vital public health concern.
Consider the facts:
- Americans suffer more than 2 million heart attacks and strokes each year.
- Cardiovascular disease—including heart disease and stroke—is the leading cause of death in the United States.
- It’s also the leading cause of death among American Indians and Alaska Natives.
- Every day, 2,200 people die from cardiovascular disease—that's 815,000 Americans each year, or 1 in every 3 deaths.
- Heart disease kills more women than all cancers combined and costs the nation more than $444 billion in health care expenses and lost productivity, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).
Many people who are at high risk for heart attack or stroke don’t know it. Fortunately, many of the major risk factors for these conditions can be prevented and controlled. Steps you can take include:
- Talking to your health professional about your heart health
- Checking your blood pressure and cholesterol
- Eating healthy foods
- Exercising regularly
Check out the Million Hearts™ initiative for more information about healthy heart habits. The goal of the national effort is to prevent 1 million heart attacks and strokes over 5 years.
This Valentine’s Day, think about the ones you love!