American Heart Month
Your heart is one of the most important organs in your body, keeping blood pumping through your veins and assisting other organs in their functions. However, your heart is vulnerable to many risks if not taken care of properly. Cardiac arrest, high blood pressure, diabetes, stroke and high cholesterol can happen if you don’t take care of your body. In fact, heart disease is the number one cause of death for both men and women in the United States. Replacing poor dietary habits with healthier ones, like eating fruits and vegetables and exercising, can help combat these conditions.
Heart attacks are another deadly complication you can face, so it’s critical you know the signs. If you or someone you know is experiencing one or more of these signs, please call 911 immediately:
- Chest discomfort
- Discomfort in other areas of your upper body (including the arms, back, neck, jaw or stomach)
- Shortness of breath
- Lightheadedness, nausea or a cold sweat
For more information on heart health and conditions, visit www.heart.org.