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January 28, 2020
February is Heart Month, a great time to learn more about your heart and how to keep it healthy. We also celebrate Go Red for Women Day on Friday, February 7. It’s a day to wear red and raise awareness about cardiovascular disease in women. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), heart disease can happen at any age; it’s not just something that happens to older adults. One in three women die of heart disease and stroke each year – more than breast cancer and all cancers combined. The CDC also says that half of all Americans are at risk for heart disease because of high blood pressure, high cholesterol or smoking.
G: Get your numbers. Ask your doctor to check your blood pressure and cholesterol. It’s one way to gauge your heart health.
O: Own your lifestyle. Your health is up to you!
R: Realize your risk factors.
E: Educate yourself and your family. As women, our behavior can impact family members.
D: Don’t be silent. Tell other women about the importance of heart health.
As mentioned above, the top risk factors are smoking, high blood pressure and high cholesterol. However, there are other things can put your heart health at risk too…
A healthy heart is a strong muscle about the size of your fist. It has four chambers with four one-way valves that open and close to ensure the blood flows through in one direction. It allows blood to be refreshed with oxygen from the lungs and then pumped through the arteries to carry that oxygen-rich blood to the rest of the body to nourish cells. Your veins carry blood back to the heart to start the cycle all over again.
Because the heart pumps blood to all areas of the body, there are some clues that your body can provide to indicate there might be heart trouble. However, these symptoms can also indicate other health issues that aren’t heart-related. It’s best to make an appointment with your Riverside Medical Clinic provider who can look at the big picture – including your total health and family medical history – and decide.
Want more tips to help you maintain a healthy heart? Schedule your visit to Riverside Medical Clinic today! Call 951-683-6370 or visit RiversideMedicalClinic.com.