February is American Heart Month, a time to remind our families and friends to engage in lifesytles that encourage heart health. Even though heart diseases are largely preventable, nearly 17.3 million American - or 1 person every 40 seconds - dies from a cardiovascular-related illness every year. That number is expected to rise to 23.6 million by 2030.
Heart disease is deadly because too many Americans are not aware of the risk factors, which include high blood pressure and high cholesterol. To promote greater cardiovascular health, Steward Health Care/Sharon Regional has compiled a list of 5 steps that you can take to strengthen your heart this month and beyond: Exercise Daily, Reduce You Intake of Processed Foods, Quit Smoking, Know Your Blood Pressure, Schedule a Visit with Your Doctor.
If you haven't scheduled your annual appointment this year, you can visit Providers.Steward.Org/search or call 1-888-244-9958. We encourage everyone to follow all of these steps, even if you just start out with one. The first step is the beginning of a commitment to strengthening your heart health.