Wellness Wednesday Presented by Bertrand Chaffee Hospital
Kara Kane, Community Relations Coordinator
Board member, Springville Area Chamber of Commerce
February: Listen to your heart
On average, the human heart beats 42 million times a year. This small but mighty muscle keeps your body going. Keeping it in top form is incredibly important for your general health and wellness.
We can cite the statistics: more than 600,000 Americans will die of heart disease this year – the leading cause of death for men and women. And someone in the U.S. has a heart attack every 42 seconds. Those are alarming numbers that health providers at every level – from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), to state and county health departments, to your local hospital – are trying to improve.
Each February is American Heart Month. This occasion, as with all medical-themed days, weeks and months, seeks to raise awareness about an aspect of health over which you can have some level of control.
What will give you that control? The best tools available to reduce the risks for heart disease are ones that everyone has access to: eat healthy foods and incorporate regular physical activity into each day.
Preventing the devastating effects of heart disease isn’t as simple as taking a pill. The CDC cites five risk factors for heart disease: diabetes, being overweight or obese, poor diet, physical activity and excessive alcohol use. Smoking and tobacco use also contribute to your risk. They are factors that can be addressed by you as an individual in consultation with medical professionals.
Nothing – including articles that you read online – can substitute for the personalized, professional advice you can get from your healthcare provider. Our Heart Center cardiologists are accepting new patients and can work with you and your primary care provider to make sure your heart is as healthy as it can be. Call (716) 592-9644.
P.S. February is American Heart Month, and February 3 is Go Red for Women Day. Wear Red and share a picture on our Facebook page, www.facebook.com/bchspringville.