February is Heart Month: Wear RED Friday Feb 3, 2012
February is Heart month: to increase awareness and prevention of this Number 1 killer of Americans. Women are a special category in Heart Disease, and we celebrate to increase awareness that women get heart disease too! Feb 3rd, is National Go Red Day.
Look at these most recent statistics, reported in Heart Disease and Stroke Statistics—2012 Update
A Report From the American Heart Association
- The 2008 overall rate of death attributable to cardiovascular disease (CVD) was 244.8 per 100 000.
- From 1998 to 2008, the rate of death attributable to CVD declined 30.6%. Still 1 in every 3 deaths in the US.
- 2200 Americans die of CVD each day, an average of 1 death every 39 seconds
- Each year, about 795,000 people experience a new or recurrent stroke. Every 40 seconds someone in the US has a stroke
We all should be doing what we can to prevent this disease from taking our family and friends. What can we do?
- Control your risk factors and let's get healthy!
- Stop smoking
- Control diabetes: take your medications and regularly see your provider
- Help those who are overweight, to lose weight (children and adults)
- Control high blood pressure: take your medications, cut salt out of your diet
- Control cholesterol: have it checked, eat healthy, take your medications
- Get some activity: move more daily, take a walk, start an exercise program
- Relieve some stress: laughter, yoga, reading, what ever works for you
- Eat better: fruits and vegetables, whole grains, back to the basics and away from processed foods
Live better with the American Heart Associations:
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and show your awareness of Heart Disease and how deadly it is by wearing RED on Feb 3, 2012.