February is American Heart Month, which serves as a great reminder for all of us to focus on our hearts and encourage heart health among our patients, families and friends. CHN is getting involved this year by equipping you with the knowledge you need for a heart healthy life. Sharing information is important because about 80% of cardiovascular related deaths can be prevented with education and action (http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov ).
Heart disease refers to various types of heart conditions such as heart attacks, strokes, or chest palpitations and is the leading cause of death for men, women, and most ethnic groups in the U.S. (https://www.cdc.gov/heartdisease/facts.htm).
Research from the American Heart Association suggests that by adopting at least four of the following five habits, women can extend their healthy life expectancy after age 50 by about 10 years, and men can add about eight years:
- Getting moderate to vigorous exercise several hours a week
- Maintaining a healthy weight
- Not smoking tobacco
- Limiting alcohol consumption to no more than one drink a day for women and two for men
- Eating a diet high in plants and low in fats
Common heart attack signs and symptoms include:
- Pressure, tightness, pain, or a squeezing or aching sensation in your chest or arms that may spread to your neck, jaw or back
- Nausea, indigestion, heartburn or abdominal pain
- Shortness of breath
- Cold sweat
- Lightheadedness or sudden dizziness
Aside from sharing this information, we would also like to take a moment to thank all of the clinicians who dedicate their lives to healing people’s hearts. February 9-15 is Cardiovascular Professionals Week – so while we are always grateful for what you do, we are extra thankful this week!