Posted on: Feb 19, 2021
February is synonymous with love. It brings thoughts of hearts and roses, of cupid and his arrow. Cartoonish, bubble-shaped hearts are plastered at practically every retail store across the country. It’s hard to avoid being drawn into it all. Not everyone looks forward to February, though. For some, it’s a painful reminder of those lost to an unhealthy heart. Instead of a celebration of love with roses, they remember a celebration of life with lilies. Dramatic? Yes. Farfetched? Sadly, not at all. February provides another logical opportunity to renew your vow to be heart healthy – all the better if your resolutions for the new year include health-related commitments. If you haven’t made that vow, now is the perfect time to start.
Did you know that 1 in every 4 deaths is related to heart disease? Information on heart disease and heart health is readily available by trust-worthy sources online. The American Heart Association (AHA), The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) and The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are just a few of those resources. You can find out more at AHA (http://www.heart.org); CDC (https://www.cdc.gov/heartdisease/facts.htm) or NHLBI (https://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/).
Learning the facts can help us understand our own risk for heart disease, how to reduce it and how to respond in the event of an emergency. Get to know the facts. Get to know your risks and start working on ways to reduce them and you’ll be on your way to becoming heart healthy.
Source: Pathways Wellness Program