Healthy choices can help prevent heart attack, stroke

By: 
Abigail Gibson

PIKEVILLE — Each year, the American Heart Association (AHA) designates February as American Heart Month.

National Wear Red Day is held on Feb. 2 to raise awareness about cardiovascular disease and save lives.

Everyone is urged to pay special attention to cardiovascular health, find out about risk factors and learn about the warning signs of a heart attack and stroke.

Many things can put individuals at risk for these problems. With the right information, education and care, heart disease in women can be treated, prevented and even ended.

It is time to look at lifestyle choices and make any changes for better heart health.

People cannot change their genetic predisposition to heart disease or stroke, or their family history of heart attacks of strokes. They also cannot change their age or race – other factors that also contribute to the likelihood of having a cardiac or stroke event.

People can, however, change other things to decrease their chances of having a heart attack or stroke.

The question during this month is whether you care enough about your heart and health to take a step in the right direction.

AHA studies have shown that healthy choices have resulted in 330 fewer women dying from heart disease per day:

•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

Come together on National Wear Red Day and show your support by wearing red. To learn more about cardiovascular disease visit goredforwomen.org.

One life. One heart.

Source: American Heart Association