It's Time to Celebrate "American Heart Month"
February is American Heart Month and the Department of Environmental and Public Health Services, along with the Sussex Warren Chronic Disease Coalition, invites Sussex County residents to learn more about heart disease and make lifestyle choices that can help keep your heart healthy. Also, don't miss your chance to celebrate National Wear Red Day on February 7th to show your support for awareness about heart disease in women.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women in the US. There are several types of heart conditions most commonly diagnosed. The first is coronary heart disease that can often lead to heart attack, angina, heart failure and arrhythmias. The second is cardiovascular disease that includes heart disease and stroke. The fact is that heart disease affects many Americans every year, resulting in death, disability and considerable healthcare costs.
However, the good news is that it can also be preventable and controllable. There are steps you can take to help prevent heart disease and also manage existing medical conditions simply by making healthier choices.
- Learn the warning signs of heart attack and stroke.
- Schedule regular checkups with your health care professional.
- Keep track of your blood pressure, cholesterol and weight.
- Don't smoke. If you do smoke, stop.
- Eat a balanced diet that is low in saturated, trans fats and sodium.
- Be physically active.
- Limit your alcohol intake.
Unfortunately, many women still consider heart disease to be a "man's disease." The truth is that heart disease kills more women in our country than all forms of cancer combined. The warning signs for women are not the same as the symptoms commonly recognized in men, nor do they affect all women the same.
Please help by participating in National Wear Red Day! In 2003, the American Heart Association and the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute created a national campaign to raise awareness about this #1 killer of women. Today the campaign is known at Go Red for Women. National Wear Red Day is an extension of that campaign and every year on the first Friday in February, Americans nationwide wear red to show their support for women's heart disease awareness.
Please join us to promote this life-saving awareness movement by wearing a favorite red dress, shirt, or tie, or Red Dress Pin on Friday, February 7th. Additionally, information about heart disease will be available in all Sussex County libraries during the month of February. For more information on heart disease, please visit the American Heart Association at www.heart.org . To learn more about National Wear Red Day, visit www.goredforwomen.org .