February is American Heart Month

Did you know February is American Heart Month?

Heart disease, including stroke, is the leading cause of death for men and women in the United States, killing an estimated 630,000 people each year. This month, learn more about heart disease and how you can live a heart-healthy life.

Heart disease affects many kinds of people, but men age 45 or older, women age 55 or older and people with a family history of heart disease are at greatest risk.

CardiologyThe good news is a heart-healthy lifestyle can help prevent or reduce your risk of heart disease. Controlling and preventing risk factors is especially important for people who already have heart disease.

Follow these tips to keep your heart healthy!

  • Watch your weight.
  • Quit smoking and stay away from secondhand smoke.
  • Control your cholesterol and blood pressure.
  • If you drink alcohol, drink only in moderation.
  • Get active.
  • Eat healthy.
  • Talk to your doctor about taking aspirin daily.
  • Manage stress.

Consult your physician before changing your lifestyle. To learn about heart services at Durham Regional or find a physician who’s right for you,
visit durhamregional.org/heart.

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