American Heart Month

February 3, 2018 dbrickhouse Blog

American Heart Month

The Human Heart

Welcome to February, American Heart Month!

Sadly, we all know someone who has been affected by heart disease or stroke. Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in the United States. According to the CDC, there are 2200 deaths per day due to cardiovascular disease. That equals 1 in every 3 deaths caused by heart disease or stroke. This month we will focus on awareness and prevention.

The American Heart Association has developed 7 simple life checks- follow the link below and find out your Heart Score.

These life checks are:

  • Manage your blood pressure
  • Control cholesterol
  • Reduce blood sugar
  • Get active
  • Eat healthy
  • Lose weight
  • Stop smoking

You cannot be healthy unless you KNOW YOUR NUMBERS.

So just what is cardiovascular disease?

Cardiovascular disease , or “heart disease”, refers to conditions that involve narrowed or blocked blood vessels that can lead to a heart attack, chest pain, or stroke. Other heart conditions, such as those that involve heart muscle, valves or heart rhythm, also are considered forms of heart disease.

Some symptoms may include:

  • Chest pain, chest tightness, chest pressure
  • Shortness of breath
  • Pain, numbness or weakness in the arms or legs if the blood vessels in those parts of the body are narrowed
  • Pain in the neck, jaw or upper abdomen or back

Cardiovascular disease is easier to treat if found early, so KNOW YOUR NUMBERS and talk with your physician about your concerns regarding your heart health.

Come by the pharmacy and talk with our pharmacists if you have any questions or concerning your cardiovascular health.

We are praying for you!
Melissa, RPH
Proverbs 4:23

http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/Conditions/My-Life-Check—Lifes-Simple-7_UCM_471453_Article.jsp