February is American Heart Month. Most of us know someone who has had a heart attack or stroke. In Maine more than 1 of every 4 deaths are from heart disease or stroke.
You can help protect yourself and your loved ones from heart disease and stroke by understanding the risks and taking these steps
• Know your ABCS
o Ask your doctor if you should take an Aspirin every day
o Find out if you have high Blood pressure or Cholesterol, if you do, work with your doctor to treat it
o If you Smoke, get help to quit ~ Maine Tobacco Helpline 1-800-207-1230
• Be physically active at least 30 minutes on most days
• Eat more fruits, vegetables and other foods low in sodium and transfat
• Take medicine as prescribed by your doctor
What else can you do?
Heart Month is a great time to learn about the Million Hearts Campaign. Million Hearts is a national campaign with the goal of preventing 1 million heart attacks and strokes over five years.
February 1, 2013 is National Wear Red Day. This is a day the American Heart Association encourages you to wear red and help raise awareness that heart disease is the top killer of American women.
For more about heart disease and stroke visit http://www.mainehearthealth.org/