Are you taking good care of your heart?
February is American Heart Month and this year the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the American Heart Association want get you moving to a healthier heart. With that in mind the CDC created 28 Days to a Healthier Heart.
Every year, about 715,000 Americans have a heart attack? About 600,000 people die from heart disease in the United States each year—that’s 1 out of every 4 deaths. Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women.1
Did you know?
The term heart disease actually refers to several types of heart conditions. The most common type in the United States is coronary heart disease (also called coronary artery disease), which occurs when a substance called plaque builds up in the arteries that supply blood to the heart. Coronary heart disease can cause heart attack, angina, heart failure and arrhythmias.
Cardiovascular disease, including heart disease and stroke, costs the United States $312.6 billion each year.1 This total includes the cost of health care services, medications, and lost productivity. These conditions also are leading causes of disability, preventing Americans from working and enjoying family activities.
In addition, to taking the necessary steps to reduce your chance of heart disease, February is also a good month to evaluate your insurance needs to determine if long-term care or critical illness insurance should be added to your insurance portfolio.
Steps to follow
It might seem like a scary situation, but heart disease is preventable and controllable. Start by taking small but necessary steps every day to bring your loved ones and yourself closer to a healthier heart. The CDC is providing a tip a day throughout February, but there isn’t any reason that you can’t continue to take these steps all year long.
And, for additional peace of mind, take the time to review your insurance needs to make sure you’re properly covered.
Now, go outside and start moving!