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Putting Your Heart First: Heart Health Tips for American Heart Month

By February 1, 2018 August 26th, 2019 No Comments

Whether you’re recovering from surgery or just interested in achieving a healthier lifestyle — or perhaps struggling to commit to your New Year’s resolution — there are many reasons to work on improving your cardiovascular health. In recognition of American Heart Month, let’s take a look at some basic heart health tips that you can put into action today to start achieving your healthiest you.

According to the CDC, heart disease is America’s leading cause of death, resulting in more than 600,000 fatalities per year — that’s one in every four deaths in the United States. On top of its toll in human life, heart disease also costs the country about $200 billion annually in medical costs, medications, and lost productivity.

One of the things that makes heart disease so daunting is its connection with many common day-to-day habits. Primary risk factors include high blood pressure, high LDL cholesterol, and smoking; diabetes, obesity, poor diet, lack of exercise, and excessive alcohol consumption are other factors.

Now, here’s some good news: Heart disease and its risk factors can be prevented. Read on for some helpful heart health tips that will not only help put your heart first, but may also help you keep those elusive New Year’s resolutions.

Heart Health Tip #1: Make an Appointment with Your Doctor.

Heart disease doesn’t happen overnight; rather, it builds over time. So, identifying signs at an early stage could very well be a life saver. Regular check-ups are essential for tracking your heart health and recognizing early symptoms.

Also, if heart disease runs in your family, or you have one or more of the risk factors listed above, you can work with your doctor to create a specific plan to reduce your risk. Your doctor is an excellent resource to help you maintain your heart health.

#Medicare Part B covers a cardiovascular disease screening at no cost to you every 5 years. The screening includes tests to help detect heart disease early & measures cholesterol, blood fat (lipids) & triglyceride levels. https://t.co/IJDwLhvWDm #HeartMonth https://t.co/w3groncsv6

— Medicare.gov (@MedicareGov) January 29, 2018

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Stephanie Grier, MS (Kinesiology and Biomechanics), ATC, CSCS, is a health and wellness expert at digital healthcare company Reflexion Health. For additional tips and her latest insights, please follow her at @stephaniedgrier.