February is American Heart Month

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In the United States, 1 in 4 deaths results from heart disease. Heart disease can include arrhythmias, heart failure, heart attacks and strokes. February is American Heart Month, and in honor of this national health observance, take some time to learn more about cardiovascular disease.

Symptoms of Heart Disease

First, it’s most important to know the symptoms of heart disease. Many people don’t know they have a heart condition until they experience a heart attack. Common symptoms of heart disease include:

  • Shortness of breath
  • Dizziness
  • Chest pain
  • Heart palpitations
  • Weakness
  • Fatigue

How To Prevent Heart Disease

In some cases, there are things that you can do to help prevent heart disease, including:

  • Refraining from smoking
  • Maintaining a healthy weight 
  • Limiting your sodium intake
  • Eating a well-balanced diet
  • Exercising regularly 
  • Managing your stress
  • Limiting your alcohol intake

While there are some factors of heart disease you can’t control, taking care of yourself by following these heart-healthy tips can help preserve your heart health for years to come.

For more information on American Heart Month and tips to keep your heart healthy, contact us today or visit nhlbi.nih.gov.

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