Here at Donnelly-Boland and Associates, our Wellness Committee features a monthly topic fo rour employee's health and well-being. This month's topic was for American Heart Month. Heart disease, which includes strokes and other cardiovascular diseases, is a pervasive problem in the United States. In fact, more than 12 million people visit their physicians each year for heart disease-related reasons.
February is American Heart Month and a great time to evaluate your heart health. The symptoms of heart disease can vary, and some people may not even know they have a heart condition until they have a heart attack. Common signs and symptoms of heart disease include shortness of breath, dizziness, chest pain, heart palpitations, weakness and fatigue.
There are certain uncontrollable factors that increase your risk of heart disease, including age, sex and family history. Generally speaking, those with a family history of heart disease, men and older people have a higher risk of developing a heart condition. However, other factors that increase your risk for heart disease, such as stress, inactivity, obesity, diabetes, smoking and a poor diet, are controllable.
In many cases, heart disease can be prevented by living a healthy lifestyle and properly managing health conditions. Here are tips that may help prevent heart disease:
• Refrain from smoking
• Maintain a healthy weight
• Limit your sodium intake
• Eat a well-balanced, healthy diet
• Exercise regularly
• Manage your stress
• Limit your alcohol intake
Treatment for heart disease will vary on a case-by-case basis. The goals of treatment for heart disease are to relieve symptoms, control or reduce risk factors, stop or slow further damage to the arteries, and prevent and treat cardiac events. Treatment includes several options:
• Self-care and prevention
• Procedures to open blocked or narrowed arteries, or to bypass them
• Cardiac rehabilitation
It is very important to see your doctor once a year for an annual exam to check for heart disease and address any concerns you may have.
You can also visit this link for more. https://nationaltoday.com/american-heart-month/
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DONNELLY-BOLAND AND ASSOCIATES