February is American Heart Month

Commonly women that are over 55 and men that are over 45 or a person with a history of cardiovascular disease are more susceptible to it. Our options for a cure are prevention, and it’s completely up to you to keep your heart healthy. By keeping a healthy weight, a healthy lifestyle and knowing the risks everyone can be one step closer to eliminating heart disease.

 When watching your weight and keeping your BMI at appropriate levels, it allows you to never be in the risk area for the underlying cause of heart disease or atherosclerosis.  This will also aid in the control of your cholesterol and blood pressure, for more information on what you need to ask your doctor, and if you have high blood pressure.

Living a healthy lifestyle means cutting out those bad habits, quit smoking and stay away from secondhand smoke. When drinking alcohol, make sure you drink in moderation. Get active and stay healthy, join a local gym, take some classes. Talk to your doctor about taking aspirin every day if you are a man over the age of 45 or a woman over 55. And last but not least make sure and manage your stress levels.

For a more interactive way to stay preventative watch Elizabeth Banks in, “Just a little heart attack” it’s a little film about a mother who takes care of everyone but herself! This might be able to reach even the busiest of parents and help them spread the knowledge about preventative care and warning signs.