February is Heart Health Month in the United States
February is Heart Health Month in the United States – a time to ask “what can we do to bring more attention to the dangers of heart disease in our country?”
Important Information about the Dangers of Heart Disease
There are diseases that come and go in the United States, like Ebola and the Zika virus. This doesn’t mean that they’re not dangerous and that their capabilities are downplayed, but neither of those illnesses are as lethal as heart disease – especially in the United States.
The Frederick News-Post has reported that, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, heart disease kills about 610,000 people annually in the United States, which accounts for a quarter of all deaths. Heart disease is the leading cause of death in most ethnicities including African-Americans, Hispanics, and whites.
Roughly 735,000 people in America have a heart attack every day.
The federal government has designated February to be Heart Health Month in order to draw more attention to this area of health. Nationally, hospitals, clinics, and other health organizations are going to offer classes, screenings, and other events.
High cholesterol and high blood pressure are now easier to monitor and medicines are available to control both of those risk factors associated with heart disease, and to help bring down the fatality rates associated with heart disease.
Ways to Prevent Heart Attacks/Heart Disease
More deaths can be avoided if people would quit smoking and tried to stick to more healthy diets in order to keep their weight under control and got regular exercise.
The Frederick News-Post suggests calling 911 whenever chest pain strikes. Trying to drive oneself or having someone else drive you to the hospital is a bad idea. One of the benefits of going to the hospital via ambulance is to be able to be seen on-the-spot when you arrive at the hospital and get the instant attention from doctors when you walk through the door.
All in all, more lives can be saved from heart disease by bringing more attention to the illness, having more common sense when it comes to taking care of your body, and by calling 911 if you ever experience any of the symptoms associated with heart attacks or heart disease.