Gustavus Human Resources: Heart Month

Posted on February 22nd, 2018 by

February is officially Heart Month and it’s a perfect time to focus on your heart-health.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), on average, U.S. adults have hearts that are 7 years older than they should be, check out this video to understand why and take a quiz to find your estimated heart age. See the CDC for more information about heart health and what you can do to take steps to decrease the ‘age’ of your heart. 

Young adults are not exempt from heart-health concerns. See the Million Hearts campaign for helping to educate younger adults about risks and ways to increase healthy hearts.

You can make healthy changes to lower your risk of developing heart disease. Controlling and preventing risk factors is also important for people who already have heart disease. To lower your risk:

  • 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 and eat healthy.

 

 

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