At Risk? February is American Heart Month

February 7, 2013 at 8:55 pm 1 comment

Eat right. Get regular exercise. Don’t smoke. Live longer.

AmeriCare Georgia aims to promote this simple advice to not only our clients, but to everyone we know, as it can add years to your life.

February is American Heart Month– a time to raise awareness about how prevalent heart disease is and steps people can take to protect themselves from it.

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“Heart disease is the leading killer in the U.S. of both men and women,” said local Alexandria, Louisiana cardiologist Dr. Michael Smith. “And much of it is preventable.”

As caregivers, it is crucial for us to be aware of the preventable measures to take control of these factors and effective lifestyle changes.

High blood pressure and elevated levels of “bad cholesterol” can be treated with medication and changing harmful daily routines. Combating obesity and sedentary lifestyle with a healthy diet and exercise can significantly reduce the risk of heart disease.

As heart disease continues to be a common misfortune, it is possible you or your aging loved ones might come across some myths that should be put to rest!

“I don’t have to worry about heart disease until my 40’s or 50’s.”

Research has shown people can start building plaque in their arteries as early as seven or eight years old, making it SO important to start building good eating and activity habits at a young age.

“Heart attacks are a much bigger issue for men than women.”

Heart disease is just as common in men as it is in women. Statistics show it causes death in women at a rate up to ten times higher than breast cancer.

“Shooting pains in my chest is the tell tale sign of a heart event.”

Pressure in the chest (not so much pain) is often one of the major signs of heart distress. Unfortunately, many people do not show any signs of a heart event- proving the point that prevention is always going to be more effective than intervention! 

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