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February is American Heart Month

heartFebruary is American Heart Month

February is American Heart Month, a federally designated event created under the President Lyndon B. Johnson administration in 1964 to remind Americans of the importance of heart health.
At the time the initiative was created, more than half of U.S. deaths were caused by cardiovascular disease, with little known information about risk factors and how to prevent it.  
American Heart Month is celebrated every year, but it shouldn’t take this month for you to take charge of your heart-health.
Even though you can be predisposed to heart disease due to your family history, you can reduce your risks for heart disease with these few tips.  
Know your numbers
Knowing your blood pressure and cholesterol numbers is the best way to know if you are at risk for heart disease.  Get regularly screened for your blood pressure and cholesterol levels at least once a year or with every medical visit.
Don’t smoke
Smoking is one of the leading causes of preventable deaths.  If you smoke, quitting will be the best thing to improve your overall health, from longevity, to better skin and hair, to reducing your chances of cardiovascular disease.
Stay active
Joining your local gym can seem daunting, but your body, especially your heart will reap the benefits.  Being more active can lower your blood pressure, boost your levels of good cholesterol, keep your weight under control, and prevent bone loss.
Make heart-healthy food choices
Minor changes in your diet can improve your overall health in the long run.  Be sure to fill your plate your plate up on fiber-rich and high-protein foods, and reduce your intake of salty, greasy foods that are high in sodium.
Take charge of your heart health with these tips!  If you would like more information about American Heart Month, please visit the American Heart Association’s website.
When you visit our urgent care center, you will receive a blood pressure screening as a routine part of your medical visit.  This will determine if your numbers indicate a concern for high blood pressure or hypertension.  If your readings indicate you are at risk of hypertension or high blood pressure, we will refer you to your primary care physician or a specialist as needed.
For more information on the services we provide, please call to reach us at 973-669-5900.