February is Heart Health Month!

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“Heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women in the United States. Every year, 1 in 4 deaths are caused by heart disease. The good news? Heart disease can often be prevented when people make healthy choices and manage their health conditions. Communities, health professionals, and families can work together to create opportunities for people to make healthier choices.” – source: The Heart Foundation

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The following tips come directly from the ‘Center for Disease Control (CDC)’ Website:

Don’t overlook the simple changes that YOU can make with regard to your HEART HEALTH!


  • Heart disease is a major problem
  • Every year, about 715,000 Americans have a heart attack
  • About 600,000 people die from heart disease in the U.S. each year = 1/4 deaths!
  • Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women.


  • EDUCATE yourself.  Learn how to prevent Heart Disease – What symptoms to look for – What should you be doing daily to life a healthy lifestyle.
  •  ASSESS yourself.  Are you at risk?  Will you be more at risk in 10 years?
  • TAKE ACTIONEat right, exercise and include others in your lifestyle!


1.    Educate:

The five major symptoms of a heart attack are

  • Pain or discomfort in the jaw, neck, or back.
  • Feeling weak, light-headed, or faint.
  • Chest pain or discomfort.
  • Pain or discomfort in arms or shoulder.
  • Shortness of breath.
  • If you think that you or someone you know is having a heart attack, call 9–1–1 immediately.

The term “heart disease” refers to several types of heart conditions. The most common type in the United States is coronary heart disease (also called coronary artery disease), which occurs when a substance called plaque builds up in the arteries that supply blood to the heart. Coronary heart disease can cause heart attack, angina, heart failure, and arrhythmias.

2.    Assess Yourself:

Does Heart Disease run in your family?

Do you participate in daily physical activity?

Do your eating habits support a healthy heart?

Are you a smoker?

These are a few questions you can ask yourself to see how at risk you may be.  Also, don’t be afraid to speak with your Dr.

3.   Action Plan!

  • Don’t become overwhelmed. Every step brings you closer to a healthier heart.
  • Don’t go it alone. The journey is more fun when you have company. Ask friends and family to join you.
  • Don’t get discouraged. You may not be able to take all of the steps at one time. Get a good night’s sleep and do what you can tomorrow.
  • Reward yourself. Find fun things to do to decrease your stress. Round up some colleagues for a lunchtime walk, join a singing group, or have a healthy dinner with your family or friends.


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In summary:

Eat a healthy diet

Maintain a healthy weight

Exercise regularly

Monitor your blood pressure

Don’t smoke

Limit alcohol use

Have your cholesterol checked

Manage your diabetes

Take your medicine

and Remember, West is the Way to Recovery!

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