There are 7.6 billion people in the world and we all possess one common thing — our hearts.

One in every four deaths is related to heart disease and it is the number one killer of both men and women. February is Heart Health Month, and there’s no better time to learn signs and symptoms of heart disease and ways to prevent it, so you can live your fullest life.

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, the following are conditions that could put you at risk of heart disease:

  1. High blood pressure
    Millions of Americans have high blood pressure. It is most commonly found in people who are in their 40s and 50s. About half of people with high blood pressure don’t have it under control. Uncontrolled high blood pressure is one of the biggest risks for heart disease.
  2. High Cholesterol
    High cholesterol can increase your risk of heart disease. Eating unhealthy, smoking and not getting enough physical activity can lead to high cholesterol levels.
  3. Smoking
    More than 37 million U.S adults are current smokers. Smoking damages the blood vessels and can cause heart disease.
  4. Obesity
    More than one in three Americans are obese. Carrying excessive weight puts unnecessary stress on the body.
  5. Physical inactivity
    Only one in five adults meet the physical activity guideline of getting 150 minutes of moderate activity a week. Staying physically active can help keep the heart and blood vessels healthy.

Four simple ways to take control of your health:

  1. Manage Conditions
    Go to your local physician for a yearly checkup. They can help you find ways to prevent and lower high blood pressure and cholesterol. (insert plug for local heart doctor.)
  2. Don’t Smoke
    Smoking is 100 percent preventable. If you never start, then you never have to quit. By not smoking, you can lower your risk of heart disease significantly.
  3. Eat Healthier
    Aim for low sodium options and try to fill your plate with at least half vegetables and fruit. Also, try to avoid food that is high in trans and saturated fats.
  4. Stay Active
    Go you to your local gym. Take a walk outside. Just move. People should be getting at least 150 minutes of physical activity a week.(insert plug for local fitness.)

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