"Heart disease takes the lives of far too many people in this country, depriving their families and communities of someone they love and care for—a father, a mother, a wife, a friend, a neighbor, a spouse. With more than 2 million heart attacks and strokes a year, and 800,000 deaths, just about all of us have been touched by someone who has had heart disease, heart attack, or a stroke." - Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius
Despite efforts to reduce the amount of people with cardiovascular disease, it is more common than not, to come across someone who has had heart disease or stroke. It does not discriminate gender, age, race, religion, or ethnicity, making almost everyone susceptible to developing cardiovascular disease.
February is American Heart Month, and hopefully through the efforts of medical professionals, relatives, educators, and the general public, enough awareness will continued to be made – allowing for cardiovascular disease to slowly become a thing of the past. Using the resources, and guidelines found through our toolkit, please utilize the information presented, and share it with everyone that you know.
How can you prevent heart disease?
-Watch your weight.
-Quit smoking and stay away from secondhand smoke.
-Control your cholesterol and blood pressure.
-If you drink alcohol, drink only in moderation.
-Get active and eat healthy.
-Talk to your doctor about taking aspirin every day if you are a man over the age of 45 or a woman over 55.
Women on High Alert
Heart disease is the #1 killer of women in the United States, even above breast cancer. Urge yourself, or the women in your life, to take special measures to reduce their risk of this potentially silent disease. Courtesy of the American Heart Association, join Elizabeth Banks in this video outlining heart disease in women.