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February is Heart Health Month

You know Valentine’s Day is the holiday for the heart, but did you also know that the entire month of February is dedicated to heart health? Heart disease is the primary cause of death for both men and women; in the United States over 600,000 individuals die from heart disease each year– that’s 1 out of every 4 deaths.

Heart Health Because symptoms are very difficult to detect, the most important step towards preventing heart disease is adopting healthy lifestyle habits.

The American Heart Association is the organization behind American Heart Month. Their Health Heart message is designed to educate us on how to make healthier lifestyle changes to prevent and control heart disease.

Here are some of the national heart health campaigns and initiatives:

  • Million Hearts® is a national initiative that has set an ambitious goal to prevention 1 million heart attacks and strokes by 2017
  • National Wear Red Day, celebrated February 7, 2014 is a campaign to raise awareness and funds for women in the fight against heart disease
  • Power to End Stroke is a campaign to reduce incidence of stroke and raise awareness of the warning signs
  • CDC is providing weekly tips for better heart health

Give your heart a special Valentine’s Day gift by using these heart assessment tools:

7 Simple Steps

  • This lifestyle assessment tool gives you simple steps to improve your heart health.

Heart360

  • Track and manage your blood-pressure and heart health

Heart Attack Risk Calculator

  • Ten year heart attack risk assessment

My Health Finder

  • U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) preventive services recommendations.

Join Family Physicians Group to adopt healthy lifestyle habits

We support your wellness goals with nutrition and fitness programs by developing a hearth health plan that best fit your lifestyle, age and ability. To learn more about our wellness programs, preventative screenings or Seniors Clubs, contact a member of the Family Physicians Group team with your questions.

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