Have a (Healthy) Heart this Valentine’s Day
With Valentine's Day approaching, it makes sense to have increased concern over matters of the heart. February is recognized as American Heart Month, and non-profits and government entities are reminding everyone of the importance of maintaining a healthy heart.
Heart Disease Statistics
According to U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), heart disease is still the number one killer within the United States.
In fact, 600,000 heart disease-related deaths occur each year. This means that one in every four American deaths is the result of heart disease.
According to the American Heart Association, women, African Americans, Whites, and Hispanic Americans are the main victims of heart disease. Generally those that suffer from diabetes, obesity, poor diet, physical inactivity and excessive alcohol use are at risk for heart disease.
Preventing Heart Disease
Fortunately, there are signs that Americans are fighting back against heart disease.
Between 2003 and 2013, rates of heart disease dropped 38% with fewer patients reporting artery problems.
New innovations such Atorvastatin and Pravastatin and campaigns directed towards maintaining heart health are at the forefront.
The best way to ensure this downward trend continues is to promote healthy living. As such, the CDC urges individuals to do the following:
- Eat a healthy, balanced diet
- Maintain a healthy weight
- Get enough physical activity
- Abstain from smoking or using other forms of tobacco
- Limit alcohol use