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American Heart Month

Since it went into effect in February of 1964, American Heart Month has been an important provider of awareness for maintaining a healthy heart.

American Heart Month focuses on the notion that if people would pay attention to the causes of heart attacks, strokes, heart disease and other heart related issues and the warning signs that accompany them, the high number of deaths recorded each year because of heart related issues can significantly decline.

Without a doubt, heart disease effects people in every segment of American society and everyone can relate to the fact that someone in their family has had a heart attack or suffered from other maladies that stem from diseases of the heart.

Over 2000 people die every day, in America alone, from heart related diseases. This is a trend that can be slowed if people would make modest changes to the way they live.

There are a lot of ifs involved in keeping your heart healthy. Increase healthy eating:

1. If you have poor eating habits........learn how to cook heart healthy meals. Refrain from eating a lot of salt, fat, and greasy foods. Gain control of your sugar intake while eating more fruits and vegetables.

. If you don't see your doctor at least once a year........make an appointment and start visiting your doctor regularly to discuss your overall health.

3. If you smoke........quit as soon as possible.

4. If you drink ........drink in moderation or quit altogether.

5. If you don't exercise........start exercising on a regular basis.

6. If you are using heroin, cocaine, amphetamines and methamphetamines, club drugs or other substances that are considered unsafe........seek therapy and quit as soon as possible.

7. If you have to take prescription drugs........take them only as directed by your doctor.

8. If you have high blood pressure........make sure you take your blood pressure readings regularly and follow the recommendations of your physician.

9. If you have high cholesterol........take the advice of your doctor in outlining ways to bring your high cholesterol levels down.

10. If you are over weight........seek ways to lose weight such as modifying your eating habits and exercising regularly. Consult your physician about a weight deduction plan that is tailored to your needs.

Chances are that you or someone you know is battling heart disease. Over a million Americans have high blood pressure. It is one of the leading causes of heart attacks, strokes and is the leading cause of death in the United States for both men and women.

American Heart Month is a reminder that we should always be aware of the value that the heart has in keeping us alive every second of every day. In other words, your heart is what keeps you alive and keeping your heart healthy is imperative to living a long productive life.

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