American Heart Month: What You Need To Know

medical heart conceptWhile most of us associate February with Valentine’s Day and heart-shaped chocolate candy boxes, there is another heart you should be concerned about and it’s yours. February is American Heart Month, which serves to raise awareness about heart disease and the ways to prevent it, as it is the leading cause of death in the United States.

According to the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, “heart disease is a disorder of the blood vessels of the heart that can lead to a heart attack.” A heart attack happens when an artery becomes blocked, which prevents oxygen and nutrients from getting to the heart, and as we are all aware, this can be fatal. Heart disease is also associated with high blood pressure, stroke, rheumatic heart disease and angina. Each of these conditions can have subsequent symptoms or implications like male or female incontinence, pericarditis and other health problems.

While heart disease is a very serious health problem, there is some good news:  you can take steps to prevent it by making healthy choices. Even those who already have heart disease can find ways to manage the condition. Check out these preventative measures you can start taking today to prevent heart disease:

  • Exercise regularly and maintain a healthy diet that’s rich in fruits and vegetables
  • Maintain a healthy weight based on your height, age and gender
  • Don’t smoke and don’t drink excessive amounts of alcohol
  • Ask your doctor about healthy ranges for blood pressure and cholesterol, and make sure you get yours under control if they are not in the correct range
  • If you are at risk for diabetes or have diabetes, follow your doctor’s advice for managing your condition as this can also affect your heart
  • If you already have heart disease and take diuretics as part of your treatment, it is important to continue their use as recommended by your doctor. This may mean increased episodes of urinary incontinence, but those symptoms can be discreetly controlled with the help of incontinence supplies.

 

Just by following the above tips, you can reduce your chances of developing heart disease. Heart health is a life-long process, as the risk of developing heart disease increases as we age. Men over the age of 45 or women over the age of 55, specifically, carry higher risks, but it can strike at any age.

We encourage you to schedule a checkup with your doctor during American Heart Month and, if an issue is found, get yourself on a path to improved heart health!

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