Did you know that an estimated 82.6 million americans have one or more types of cardiovascular disease? It’s true.
About one in three of us has cardiovascular disease and during the month of February, it’s our hope to bring attention to American Heart Health Month. Now is the perfect time to start educating yourself on the risks of high cholesterol, high blood pressure, stroke, and heart disease.
At Heart Rate Monitors USA, we’re doing our part to encourage healthy hearts through offering a wide selection of heart rate monitors for heart rate training, blood pressure machines for at-home monitoring, and other fitness tools to help you get in shape and boost cardiovascular system health.
Not sure where to begin? Here are some things that you can do today to participate in American Heart Health Month while taking care of your own heart:
- Talk to your doctor. When it comes to getting more information about heart attack, stroke, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol, your healthcare professional will be the best source. Talk to your doctor about your concerns and ask for literature or references to consult to learn more.
- Speaking of healthcare professionals, make February a month to get checked out for heart issues. Get readings for your blood pressure, triglycerides, weight, cholesterol, and other important metrics for determining heart health. Work with your doctor to come up with a plan to keep your ticker running at its best!
- Start eating healthier. If you kicked off 2012 eating right and exercising, February is usually the time when those resolutions get harder to keep. Make it a point to pay attention to your diet. Cut back on fats, salts, and sugars – all of which can impact heart health.
- Monitor your blood pressure at home with a blood pressure machine or wrist blood pressure monitor. Last year, we wrote several posts about the importance of blood pressure monitoring and we’re not alone. In fact, Dr. Oz himself recommends that at home monitoring is one of your best lines of defense when it comes to cardiovascular issues.
- Get moving. A healthy heart takes exercise, so do yourself a favor and start walking, running, jogging, dancing, riding a bike, swimming, stretching, and playing your way to a healthier cardiovascular system.
How do you keep your heart healthy?