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Activate Allen County: American Heart Month

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February is American Heart Month, and shockingly enough, heart disease is the number 1 killer of women, causing 1 in 3 deaths each year. It kills more women than all the forms of cancer combined. To some it is termed the “silent killer” because many cases are undiagnosed.

So, how can you stay on top of your health and the health of those you love? It is time to know your risk and be aware of health factors and lifestyle choices that may negatively impact your health. It is also time to talk with your family, friends and others about knowing their risk.

Studies show that healthy choices have resulted in 330 fewer women dying from heart disease per day.

Here are a few lifestyle changes you should make:

  • Don’t smoke
  • Manage your blood sugar
  • Get your blood pressure under control
  • Lower your cholesterol
  • Know your family history
  • Stay active
  • Lose weight
  • Eat healthy

According to the American Heart Association, because of healthy choices and knowing the signs, more than 670,000 of women have been saved from heart disease, and 300 fewer are dying per day.

Visit www.heart.org for more information about heart disease and to create an action plan today to keep your heart healthy.