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Love Your Heart More This American Heart Month

Love Your Heart More This American Heart Month

February, known for celebrating love, naturally highlights the heart as its universal symbol. This makes it fitting that February is also American Heart Month, a time dedicated to focusing on heart health and reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease.

Honoring American Heart Month

February is about more than just chocolates and roses; it’s American Heart Month, an important time to focus on heart health. Here’s why it’s so important:

  • Nearly 127 million Americans live with heart disease.
  • Every 39 seconds, someone in the U.S. has a heart attack.
  • Cardiovascular disease claims a life every 34 seconds in the U.S.
  • This year, over 800,000 Americans will experience a heart attack.
  • Surprisingly, 1 in 5 heart attacks are silent, going unnoticed by the person experiencing it.
  • Heart disease doesn’t play favorites; it’s the leading cause of death for both men and women in the U.S., killing more than 380,000 people annually.

Heart Disease in Texas 

The Lone Star State has its share of heart health challenges:

  • Heart disease is the leading cause of death among Texans.
  • Every year, 4 in 100 adults in Texas suffer from a heart attack.
  • The heart attack mortality rate stands at 38.6 for every 100,000 Texans.

Healthy Heart Habits

But fear not, there are steps everyone can take to fight back against heart disease. Here’s how you can keep your heart happy and healthy:

  • Keep on moving – Exercise is non-negotiable. Aim to engage in at least 150 minutes of moderate exercise or 75 minutes of intense activity weekly. Whether it’s a brisk walk, a bike ride, or a swim, moving your body is key.
  • Get your blood pressure under control – High blood pressure is a silent threat. Regular checks and lifestyle tweaks like eating less salt and managing stress can keep it at bay.
  • Keep an eye on your cholesterol levels – Cholesterol can sneak up on you, clogging arteries and leading to heart trouble. Choose a diet low in saturated fat and high in fiber to manage your levels.
  • Follow a heart-healthy diet – Your heart loves fruits, veggies, whole grains, and lean protein. Processed foods, too much sugar, and unhealthy fats? Not so much.
  • Stop smoking – Lighting up is a big no-no for heart health. Quitting smoking can dramatically reduce your risk of heart disease.

Recognizing a Heart Attack

Being able to spot a heart attack can save lives. If you notice chest pain, shortness of breath, cold sweat, or other common signs, act fast. Remember:

  • Heart attacks are urgent. Getting help within the first two hours can be life-saving.
  • Physicians Premier ER is always open, 24/7, ready to help in a heart emergency. If you suspect a heart attack, act immediately. Every second is precious.

During American Heart Month, it’s good to remember that taking care of your heart is simpler than you might think. With the right habits, a bit of knowledge, and knowing when to seek help, your family can enjoy many more happy, healthy years together.


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