February Health Beat

“Karen’s Kolumn” is researched and written by Public Health Nurse Karen Dolley. We appreciate her support and willingness to share!

Happy Valentine’s Day to everyone! What better way to celebrate Valentine’s Day than to take care of our heart health?

February is American Heart Month. Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States for both men and women. The four most common kinds of cardiovascular disease are heart attack, stroke, high blood pressure, and heart failure.

The purpose behind American Heart Month is to suggest lifestyle changes for improving quality of life, reduce the risk for heart disease, and empower all persons to take action in case of signs or symptoms of a heart attack or stroke.

High cholesterol, high blood pressure, obesity-overweight, diabetes, tobacco use, and exposure to second hand smoke are all risk factors associated with heart disease.

The chance for developing heart disease can be reduced with a healthier lifestyle including eating a healthy diet, exercising, smoking cessation, and avoiding second hand smoke exposure. Some suggestions include (more…)