February is American Heart Month

Learning more about Heart Disease

Cardiovascular disease, including heart disease, stroke, and high blood pressure, is responsible for nearly one in four deaths and represents the leading cause of death for both men and women in the United States.  During the month of February, Hopkinton Home Care encourages you to learn more about the factors that influence heart disease, raise awareness and take steps towards reducing your risk.

The reality is that nearly 50% of all Americans have at least one risk factor for heart disease, but many don’t recognize the risk or know what to do in order to minimize the effects on their heart.  This is why heart disease is oftentimes referred to as a silent killer.

Heart Disease is an umbrella term that is used to describe many different conditions that affect heart muscle and its function. Some of the most commonly found terms are Heart Failure, High Blood Pressure or Hypertension, Stroke, Atherosclerosis, and Heart Attack.

There are countless risk factors associated with heart disease.  Although several are uncontrollable, many can be prevented by a healthy diet and lifestyle choices.

Risk factors for heart disease include:

  • family history
  • ethnicity
  • age
  • tobacco use
  • hypertension
  • high cholesterol
  • obesity
  • physical inactivity
  • diabetes
  • unhealthy diet

The American Heart Association has made it their goal to increase knowledge and understanding of the disease—their long-term mission is to improve heart health in all Americans by 20% by 2020.  Throughout the month of February, Hopkinton Home Care urges you and your family to become educated on this life-threatening disease and make smart lifestyle choices to reduce your risk.

Tips to living heart healthy lives:

  1. Cardiovascular activity is key to heart health: Participate in some sort of physical activity every day. Walk at least 20 minutes a day!
  2. Swap salt for other spices as a healthier option to season food: Too much sodium is linked to high blood pressure.
  3. Incorporate fiber into your diet: Fibrous foods help reduce cholesterol levels.
  4. Focus on weight management: Maintaining a healthy weight is one of the most powerful defenses against heart disease.
  5. Enjoy foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids: Fish is the best natural source; it’s recommended to eat a variety of fish twice a week.
  6. Ditch the bad habits: Smoking and excessive alcohol consumption are key risk factors.

Senior Heart Health Information

For information on the risk factors and symptoms of heart disease, or to learn more about American Heart Month, visit the https://www.heart.org/en/ or contact Hopkinton Home Care today!

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