Approximately every 38 seconds an American dies from cardiovascular disease. It's a sad statistic that will only get worse if we ignore the problem. Cardiovascular disease is not only the leading cause of death in our nation, but globally as well. A large number of these deaths could be prevented through education and lifestyle change.
The American Heart Association gives us these simple tips to improving heart health:
The biggest part of living healthy comes down to simply making healthy choices. While you can’t change things like age and family history, the good news is that even modest changes to your diet and lifestyle can improve your heart health and lower your risk by as much as 80 percent.
Being more active can help you:
- lower your blood pressure
- boost your levels of good cholesterol
- improve blood flow (circulation)
- keep your weight under control
- prevent bone loss that can lead to osteoporosis
The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute is celebrating American Heart Month by encouraging people to "Move with Heart" in their social media campaign. They are asking people to make the pledge to be more active and challenge friends and family to do the same:
Join the NHLBI and its The Heart Truth® program this year in encouraging Americans to move more and Move with Heart. You should strive for at least 150 minutes (2 ½ hours) each week of physical activity that gets your heart pumping and leaves you a little breathless. There are flexible ways to break it into amounts of daily activity, and even small amounts add up and can have lasting heart health benefits.
Join the NHLBI in a national pledge to #MoveWithHeart to celebrate American Heart Month. Take the pledge now through March 2, 2018 in just 3 simple steps:
- Record a short video of yourself saying “I pledge to move more for my heart health.”
- Share it on Twitter or Instagram using #MoveWithHeart. You can also upload it manually here.
- Challenge friends and family to #MoveWithHeart!
Pay attention to what you eat and stay active. It's a simple strategy that really works to improve your cardiovascular health. Our bodies were meant to move but current lifestyle trends at work and in the home are increasingly sedentary. It takes a conscious effort on your part to stand up, and find activities that keep you active. Your heart will thank you. For more information on how to achieve your health goals click here.
Let us help you get started with your heart health plan. Make an appointment for a physical at the Medical Specialty Center at Orchard Hospital - Your Everyday Health Care Clinic.