February is American Heart Month. During this period, considerable efforts are directed to cardiovascular health. It is an undeniable fact that heart diseases are a major cause of death and disability in the world. Scientific statistics from CDC indicate that heart disease such as congestive heart failure, heart attack, congenital heart disease and coronary heart diseases is the leading cause of death in the United States. Moreover, the social-economic implications of heart disorders in the country are dire. It is important to dedicate our attention to understanding heart diseases and methods of promoting cardiac health. American Heart Month offers us the opportunity to do exactly that.
Our lifestyles play a critical role in determining our cardiac health. Unhealthy eating habits, obesity, smoking and lack of physical exercises are some of the major risk factors for heart disease. These factors play a crucial role in development of high blood pressure, which is a leading cause of heart disease and stroke. For this reason, it is important to empower people to take charge of their cardiac health by avoiding those predisposing factors. American Heart Month offers an ideal opportunity for reflection and taking action on adopting healthy habits. These include help on how to quit smoking, incorporating physical exercises in our daily routines and eating healthy diet.
Early diagnosis of heart disorders is important in promoting cardiac health. For this reason, cardiac specialist recommend regular medical checkup to help in early detection and prevention of heart disorders. During American Heart Month, people are sensitized on the importance of undergoing routine medical checks such as examination of blood pressure to detect hypertension. For those already diagnosed with various heart disorders, taking the prescribed medications and regular consultations with heart specialists is emphasized.
Involvement of every person in society is important to promote cardiac health. This is achieved by taking care of patients with heart disorders and educating their families and friends. In addition, offering support to help people quit smoking and adopt healthy habits is equally important. American Heart Month does not only help you to take care of your own cardiac health, but also it is time to share information with your friends and the community at large.