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It’s National Heart Month!

With a Healthy Heart, the Beat Goes On.

February marks National Heart Month, a special time of year to spread the word about ways to prevent heart disease and encourage others to live heart-healthy lives. 

Around 1930, after medical advances that lowered deaths from infectious diseases, heart disease became the number one cause of death for men and women in the U.S. And it has remained at the top ever since that time. In fact, every 36 seconds someone in the U.S. dies of heart disease. Though it is a common killer, many people who could prevent heart disease do not recognize the toll their lifestyles play on their hearts and bodies. Making thoughtful, healthy choices about daily habits could ultimately pay off for the rest of your life.

According to The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, there are simple steps to heart disease prevention, but it is common that we are not motivated towards change if we cannot see potential trouble ahead. Because of this, it is extremely important to understand your risk of heart disease first.

There are preventative measures we take all the time in other areas of life, but we often don’t think about our body the same way. But just like you take your car for regular oil change and maintenance, it’s important to check your health. So, identify the conditions or habits that make you more likely to develop heart disease. This is why doctors use the term “check-up.” It is an annual appointment that assesses your health and helps you build a relationship with a primary care doctor.

A previous post in the series talks more about understanding your cholesterol levels and the value of check-ups, but understanding your risk alone won’t prevent cardiovascular problems from occurring. Stick with ALYKA as we help you discover more on the most important daily habits that prevent heart disease.

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