Is it a coincidence that Valentine’s Day is celebrated during the same month as both National Heart Month, and National Wear Red Day? Probably not, but all three can be recognized as having one major commonality- conveying love.
Millions of Americans spend Valentine’s Day expressing acts of love to our special someone(s). National Heart Month is a reminder to ask if we are also showing ourselves the love.
What better way to show our own hearts the love during the month of February, then taking the first step in the right direction towards a lifetime journey of creating a healthier heart.
The Good News about Heart Disease…
Heart disease continues to be the leading cause of death among men and women in the United States today. Each year, 1 in 4 deaths are caused by heart disease. Although these are alarming statistics, the good news is that heart disease can often be prevented.
Lowering heart disease statistics and increasing awareness starts with you and me. Each of us can make healthy changes to lower our risk of developing heart disease. Monitoring and avoiding risk factors is important for those already living with heart disease.
Eliminate or lower risk factors by:
1. Staying physically active and maintaining a healthy diet
2. Quit smoking and avoid secondhand smoke as much as possible
3. Drink alcohol only in moderation
4. Be mindful of your cholesterol and blood pressure
5. Become educated on your family’s history of heart disease
6. Manage daily stress in a healthy manner
Wear Red Friday Feb 6th - Help Fight Heart Disease in Women
The American Heart Association reminds us that heart disease is not just a man’s disease. Heart disease and stoke continue to be the No. 1 killer among American Women.
There is hope. The high majority of cardiac events can be prevented with awareness and lifestyle changes. When it comes to overcoming heart disease and stroke, change can definitely be the cure.
The first Friday in February is a day designed and dedicated to bringing attention to the realities of heart disease. National Wear Red Day encourages everyone to wear red, raise their voices, and know their risk for heart disease in order to take action to live longer, healthier lives.
MedicAlert will be supporting Go Red for Women this Friday. We challenge you, your loved ones, and your co-workers to Go Red with us!