Our shortest month is important as American Heart Month (among other recognitions)

Ouch! Our Center for Disease Control offers this sobering statistic (https://www.cdc.gov/features/heartmonth/index.html):

“On average, U.S. adults have hearts that are 7 years older than they should be. Watch this video, and figure out your own “heart age” by taking this quiz.

Out tickers shouldn’t age faster than we do – right?

Don’t become, or be an “average” US adult.

 

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Control what you can (the CDC counsels):

Don’t smoke. Smoking is the leading cause of preventable death in the United States. If you don’t smoke, don’t start. If you do smoke, learn how to quit.

Manage conditions. Work with your health care team to manage conditions such as high blood pressure and high cholesterol. This includes taking any medicines you have been prescribed. Learn more about preventing and managing high blood pressure and high cholesterol.

Make heart-healthy eating changes.  Eat food low in trans-fat, saturated fat, added sugar and sodium. Try to fill at least half your plate with vegetables and fruits, and aim for low sodium options. Learn more about how to reduce sodium.

Stay active. Get moving for at least 150 minutes per week. You can even break up the 30 minutes into 10-minute blocks. Learn more about how to get enough physical activity.

 

Be well,

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