February is Heart Health Month

Be young at heart

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women, but heart disease is preventable and controllable

Your state of mind has a big impact on how old you feel, so live a little — and live a little healthier. Revisit favorite pastimes like turning up some tunes and dancing like no one is heartwatching. If you want to get warmed up during the cooler months, try hot yoga, a morning run, or an indoor class at your local gym. For a healthy heart, what you eat is just as important as what you do. Spice up your diet with something sweet: blueberries. These free-radical fighters are bursting with vitamin C, fiber, and a host of antioxidants that help combat heart disease. Add them to smoothies and salads for a fun twist.

Keep heart disease in check

Help stave off heart problems with these tips:

Know your numbers. Regularly check your cholesterol, blood pressure, and BMI.
Be a quitter. If you smoke, make quitting — for good — a priority.
30 minutes for health. Aim for 30 minutes of moderate physical activity most days of the week.

Know the Sysmptoms

The five major symptoms of a heart attack are
Pain or discomfort in the jaw, neck, or back.
Feeling weak, light-headed, or faint.
Chest pain or discomfort.
Pain or discomfort in arms or shoulder.
Shortness of breath.
If you think that you or someone you know is having a heart attack, call 9–1–1 immediately.

Risk Factors

We’re all at risk for heart disease and stroke. However, certain groups—including African Americans, older individuals, and women—are at higher risk than others. With more than 2 million heart attacks and strokes happening every year in the United States, it’s important to know the risks.

Many risk factors —including high blood pressure and high cholesterol—may not have any symptoms. But most risk factors for heart disease and stroke—specifically high blood pressure, high cholesterol, smoking, and obesity—are preventable and controllable.

Controlling these risk factors could reduce your risk by more than 80%!


About Kevin

Mayor - City of Oakley, Data Center Manager of Mainframe Operations and Optimization – USS-POSCO INDUSTRIES, Co-Founder and Board Member - Friends of Oakley A Community Foundation, Advisory Board – Opportunity Junction, Commissioner - Contra Costa Transportation Authority, Board Member - Tri Delta Transit and Transplan
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