February is not only the month of ‘Love’ but is American Heart Month. This year marks the 56th consecutive American Heart Month. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, heart disease is the number one cause of death for men and women in the United States.

American Heart Month provides awareness and the importance of taking care of your heart year-round. Cardiovascular disease (heart disease and stroke combined) kill about 2,300 people a day. Youth are being diagnosed with heart disease earlier than ever due to obesity being at an time high. Here are some Facts from the American Heart Association:

  • Heart disease kills more people than all forms of cancer combined.
  • Heart attacks affect more people every year than the population of Dallas, Texas.
  • 83% believe that heart attacks can be prevented but aren’t motivated to do anything.
  • 72% of Americans don’t consider themselves at risk for heart disease.
  • And 58% put no effort into improving their heart health.

How can you make a difference this month in your heart? Here are two small ideas to implement in your home and community. Make a small change like using spices to season food, instead of salt. You can also make physical activity a part of your everyday life.

Even with advancements in medicine, if you are not making healthy choices you could be hindering your progress in fighting heart disease. Heart disease is preventable in most cases with healthy choices including not smoking, maintain a healthy weight, controlling blood sugar and cholesterol, treating high blood pressure, getting at least 150 minutes of moderate physical activity a week, and getting regular checkups.

This Friday, February 7th is National Wear Red Day to support and raise awareness for Heart Disease. Join CCHD in wearing red to show your support. If you are concerned about your heart’s health, consult your provider at the Medical Center of Dimmitt today by calling 806-647-2194.