Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women each year. About one in four deaths are caused by heart related illnesses annually. However, as our understanding of the heart and heart related illnesses improves, we find new ways to keep our hearts healthy. Many risks can be decreased or eliminated by making some simple life changes and choices in our everyday lives. American Heart Month is an important month because it helps to raise awareness to Americans on how they can improve their heart health. Here are a few ways you can promote American Heart Month:
Encourage your friends and families to adopt a healthier diet. Changing to a diet that is low in salt and cholesterol can relieve a lot of stress on the heart to pump blood through the body. Suggest the use of spices for seasoning food, instead of salt.
Encourage your friends and family to increase their physical activity. Let your community know that taking a little time out of the day to move around, and sweat can increase the heart’s strength. Exercise also helps the body burn fat; an excess amount of fat makes it hard for the heart to keep a steady rhythm.
Encourage medical professionals to promote heart health. Doctors and nurses can lead their communities and speak out about heart disease prevention. If you have friends who work in the medical profession tag them in your heart awareness social media posts so they can add to the conversation.
Encourage your friends and family to stop smoking. Inform your community that in addition to the damage caused to the lungs by smoking, the heart suffers severe strain as it tries to pump smaller and smaller amounts of oxygen to the rest of the body. The chemicals in cigarettes also cause the walls of our veins and arteries to constrict and allow cholesterol to build up more easily.
Raising awareness is the first step to making changes. If you would like to help raise awareness for American Heart Month, there are several simple ways to do so, start with a social media campaign. Social media makes all information easy to spread around. So spread the word to your friends and family and ask them to do the same. It’s the easiest way you can help raise awareness. To find out more about keeping your heart healthy and cardiac monitoring, contact Medicomp, Inc today.