On February 2, President Donald Trump kick-started American Heart Month, the annual awareness campaign for the nation’s No. 1 killer – heart disease. With both American Heart Month and Valentine’s Day falling in February, this is definitely the right time to deal with matters of the heart!
Heart disease is caused by a buildup of fatty plaques in the arteries, which restricts normal blood to the organs and tissues. Smoking also narrows the blood vessels and damages their inner lining. As obesity, overweight and smoking are linked to several factors that increase the risk for cardiovascular disease, healthcare providers across the nation are doing their bit to raise awareness about heart disease and taking steps to help people prevent it. Established NY healthcare centers are offering weight loss programs and smoking cessation plans at special discounts.
According to the American Heart Association, heart disease and stroke are responsible for more than 17 million deaths each year. That number is expected to rise to more than 23.6 million by 2030. Ever since President Lyndon Johnson declared the first Heart Month in 1964, massive efforts have been made to improve the prevention, detection and treatment of heart disease. These efforts have paid off as the death rate from heart disease in the US has fallen significantly since the 1960s. However, as heart disease continues to be a leading cause of death among both men and women, there is still much to be done to rein in this killer.
All Americans should actively participate in this February campaign to fight heart disease. Education and lifestyle changes are the key to preventing cardiac events. This February, take a pledge to follow the AHA’s “Life’s Simple 7,” key measures and behaviors that can help you stay healthy and lower your risk for heart disease, stroke and other major problems. Life’s Simple 7 includes:
- Not smoking
- Staying physically active
- Following a healthy diet
- Maintaining a healthy body weight
- Controlling cholesterol, blood pressure and blood sugar
If someone close to you is looking to lose weight or quit smoking, gift them a program that can tackle these issues. Available in leading NY multispecialty healthcare centers, auricular therapy is a safe and painless option. It involves mild electrical stimulation of the ear to reduce cravings.
Celebrate American Heart Month with a Valentines Gift of Good Health!