February isn’t just a month celebrating love; it also honors the organ which beats uncontrollably when you like someone. American Heart Month is celebrated in February to bring awareness to heart diseases and other conditions affecting this vital muscular organ. Keep your ticker running for longer when you care for it with extra love during the romantic month.
This month is meant to help people learn about the various types of heart diseases and how to help you keep your heart pumping with heart-healthy tips to start using. Fall in love with your precious heart this February.
What Is American Heart Month?
President Lyndon B. Johnson proclaimed the first American Heart Month in February 1964 to federally designate a month for the care and awareness of everyone’s heart. Heart disease is the leading cause of death in both men AND women, so it is vital to bring the condition to the forefront to help keep it from taking so many lives.
What are some common heart diseases?
There are various types of heart disease celebrated in February but here are the most common:
- Angina: Pain or discomfort in your heart due to the lack of nutrients and oxygen. It is often mistaken for a heart attack.
- Coronary artery disease: A condition where the heart muscles are not getting enough blood and oxygen due to the blockage of coronary arteries.
- Heart attack (myocardial infarction): When blood flow to the heart is blocked due to a blood clot and causes damage
How to Celebrate American Heart Month
Put your heart first this February by becoming more aware of the risk factors to its health. We can lessen the rate of individuals losing the fight against heart disease.
Keep it pumping
Exercise is a vital way to help keep your body and heart in shape. You will stay active and healthy, thus putting less strain on your cardiovascular muscle. If you can’t do intense workouts, consider some gentle yoga or other exercises you are comfortable doing.
Change up your diet
If you often find yourself adding more salt to your food, changing this habit to add other healthy spices or alternatives goes a long way for your heart’s health. Making small changes in your diet makes a big difference for your heart.
Wear red in support
In preparation for Valentine’s Day and this heart healthy month, throw on your favorite red garment to show support and awareness. As a part of social activity, get everyone together for a photo with your red to show you celebrating American Heart Month.
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