heart_month“Heart disease and stroke kill one in every 3.7 men. One in 2.4 women lose their lives to heart disease and stroke – the number 1 and number 3 killers of women. By comparison, breast cancer kills one in 29 women.”

Source – American Heart Association

It’s early in the year. The holidays are over. Now is a good time to start taking better care of your heart. Consider these risk factors.

  • Do you smoke?
  • Does your family have a history of heart disease?
  • Do you have diabetes?
  • Is your blood pressure under control?
  • What about your cholesterol?

Let’s take a look at your diet.

  • Do you eat a lot of fatty foods?
  • What about greasy foods, high in fat content?
  • Can’t seem to cut down on red meat?
  • What about fruits, vegetables and whole grains?
  • Are you eating all of the time?

Well, truth be told, you probably eat too much of what you shouldn’t, and not enough of the types of foods that are cardiologist-recommended. And hardly anyone drinks enough water, or gets enough exercise.

But, it’s a new year and all of that is going to change.

This month the American Heart Association (AHA), celebrates National Heart Month with a series of Go Red For Women events. This campaign funds research around women and heart disease and stroke, helping women lead longer, healthier lives.

This is a good way for women to receive information on healthy eating, exercise, risk factor reduction, blood pressure control and blood cholesterol management. Go to www.americanheart.org to sign up and get more information, and to find out more about the American Heart Association and its efforts to help you live longer.

Men need to take heed as well. When it comes to prevention, we all need to be more aggressive about issues affecting our health and well-being.

“Now You Know”!