February is about more than Valentine’s Day. Cupid’s arrows are not enough to thwart the impact of heart disease. This month presents an opportunity to address the often silent killer. Hearts across the country are in danger. Heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women in the United States. Smoking, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and obesity all increase one’s risk for succumbing to heart disease. But diet can play a major role in fighting the disease.
According to WebMD Heart Disease Health Center, “heart disease includes conditions affecting the heart, such as coronary heart disease, heart attack, congestive heart failure, and congenital heart disease.” The term includes any cardiovascular disease where plaque builds up in artery walls, which can set the stage for a heart attack or stroke.
Also referred to as American Heart Month, February places emphasis on the effects of heart disease in women, since their symptoms often go unnoticed until it is too late. Currently, the disease kills more women than all cancers combined. The best defense against heart disease is awareness. Learn more here.
February is National Heart Disease Awareness Month. Pay attention to the health of your heart and encourage others to do the same.