Weekly Health Note: February is American Heart Month

Posted on: February 6th, 2017

February is American Heart Month…

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women in the United States. Every year, 1 in 4 deaths are caused by heart disease.

The good news is that Heart disease can often be prevented when people make healthy choices and manage their health conditions. Communities, health professionals, and families can work together to create opportunities for people to make healthier choices.

Make a difference in your community: Spread the word about strategies for preventing heart disease and encourage people to live heart healthy lives.

You can make healthy changes to lower your risk of developing heart disease. Controlling and preventing risk factors is also important for people who already have heart disease. To lower your risk:

  • 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.

WARNING SIGNS OF HEART ATTACK 

Most heart attacks involve discomfort in the center of the chest that lasts more than a few minutes, or that goes away and comes back. It can feel like uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain. 

Symptoms can include pain or discomfort in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw or stomach. 

With or without chest discomfort

May include breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea or lightheadedness.

For more information regarding warning signs; how you can prevent heart disease; and what you can do to get involved and be the cure, please go to the American Heart Association website at:   www.heart.org

 

Compiled by the Lorraine Gillian Commission on Health, Metropolitan A.M.E. Church, with primary content from healthfinder.gov/NHO