MASON CITY — The Cerro Gordo County Department of Public Health is recognizing Heart Health Month during February.
Heart Disease is the leading cause of death in the United States for both men and women. Every year, 1 in 4 deaths are caused by heart disease. However, it’s also one of the most preventable. By making simple lifestyle changes, knowing the signs and symptoms of heart attack and/or stroke, and having regular check-ups are all ways you can lower your risk for a serious and sometimes fatal heart incident.
“During the month of February, we will be focusing on different areas where you can better your heart health”, stated Karen Crimmings, Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion Service Manager for the Cerro Gordo County Department of Public Health.
Week 1: Nutrition
Simple dietary changes that can reduce your risk of heart disease. Lower your LDL cholesterol levels and increase HDL cholesterol levels, prevent diabetes, and obtain or remain at a healthy weight.
Week 2: Quit Tobacco
Tobacco use is a major cause of heart disease. Breathing secondhand smoke interferes with the normal functioning of the heart, blood, and vascular systems in ways that increase your risk of having a heart attack.
Week 3: Stroke and Heart Attack Risk Factors and Symptoms
Common risk factors for heart disease and stroke that can be controlled or treated include high LDL cholesterol levels, low HDL cholesterol levels, high blood pressure, smoking, diabetes, physical inactivity, and being overweight or obese.
Week 4: Fitness
To improve overall cardiovascular health, it is suggested you complete at least 150 minutes per week of moderate exercise.