Published by Roseman University of Health Sciences
February 1st marked the beginning of American Heart Month. The 28-Day celebration and public campaign seeks to raise awareness about and provide strategies for preventing heart disease while encouraging people to live heart healthy lives. Heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women in the United States and the disease accounts for 1 in 4 deaths annually1. Key risks factors include smoking, high Body Mass Index (BMI) ≥ 30, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, physical inactivity and diabetes.
Despite these sobering statistics, 80% of cardiac events can be prevented through education and lifestyle changes and there are simple changes that can be made to help reduce the risk of heart disease. The American Heart Association suggests you can have a healthier heart by accepting their challenge of 28 Days to a Healthy Heart.