Matters of the Heart
Next Sunday is Valentine’s Day. While children color pictures of hearts for their parents, it is a good time to talk about hearts. Not red hearts on paper, but your heart. According to the CDC, over 800,000 people in U.S. have a heart attack per year. (Link: https://www.cdc.gov/heartdisease/facts.htm) And experts tell us that if you have cardiac issues or have had a heart attack or stroke, you have a greater risk of more serious symptoms should you contract COVID-19.
If you looked at the link from the CDC, you might have seen that some people are at risk from heart problems, but don’t realize it. What are some things that could put your heart at greater risk? There are some common risk factors, such as high blood pressure or cholesterol, diabetes, obesity, unhealthy diets, and lack of physical activity. If you are unsure of your personal risk factor, we found a heart risk calculator from the American Heart Association that can predict your risk of having a heart attack in the next 10 years, linked here: https://ccccalculator.ccctracker.com
It’s better to prevent disease than to try to recover from it. As Benjamin Franklin once said, “An ounce ofprevention is worth a pound of cure.” What can you do to prevent heart disease or, even worse, a heart attack? We are offering some guidance from the American Heart Association’s 8 Steps to Prevent Heart Disease and Stroke, linked here: https://www.heart.org/en/healthy-living/healthy-lifestyle/prevent-heart-disease-and-stroke.
5. Smoking. Be tobacco-free. This includes vaping, e-cigarettes, and second-hand smoke. To learn more, follow this link:
8. Teamwork. Become a part of a team that includes your healthcare provider. Work with them to manage your healthcare.