February - Heart Health Awareness

FEBRUARY - Heart Health Awareness

The month of February is usually associated with the hearts used in decorations for Valentine’s Day. February is national Heart Health Awareness month so these decorations should also serve as a reminder of heart health. We all need to take care of ourselves so we can be there for the ones we love.

 


Your Heart Health

It’s easy to make progress to maintain or improve your health as there are many ways that you can make progress. Your cardiovascular system (heart, veins and arties) are impacted by several factors, genetic and behavioral. Although you can not change your biology, becoming aware of your risks and taking action to reduce your risks can significantly reduce your risk of heart disease.


Know Your Risk Factors

Maybe you go to the doctor often or maybe you haven’t been in quite a while. If you have an exam biometric values are recorded. Some doctors will share these numbers or some translate what the mean “You’re doing well”, often you may wonder what does that really mean? There is lots of information available so it can be confusing, but it is important to understand optimal biometric values to create goals for your cardiovascular health.


Stress

Stress can seem like such a trivial thing because it has become part of our 24/7 culture. There is good and bad stress and stress has it’s purposes.  Constant, long-term stress is very damaging to many areas of our health, including heart health. Stress is closely linked to blood pressure and having high blood pressure can increase your risk for cardiac incidents such as stroke.


Dental Care

No system of the human body functions completely independent of the rest of the body. You may think that your dental cleanings are cosmetic and hold little consequence on your health, but that is incorrect. Maintaining good oral hygiene, with regular visits to the dentist, can do more than give you a great smile, but may even save your life in the long run.

 


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