Did you know February is Heart Month? And of course, it’s the season of love as well. It’s no coincidence that the two go hand in hand! So if you want to continue your Valentine’s Day traditions for years to come, heart health should become a priority.
According to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), every 43 seconds someone in the United States has a heart attack. The number annually is an astounding 735,000 Americans – and a majority of them are first-time heart attacks. One in five heart attacks are silent, and the person is unaware that a minor heart attack even happened and damage has occurred.
CAD (Coronary Artery Disease) is the leading cause of heart attacks. It causes plaque buildup in the arteries that supply the heart with blood, thus decreasing the blood supply. Being aware of the warning signs of a heart attack is important to increase survival rate.
The five major symptoms of a heart attack according to the CDC are:
If anyone is experiencing these symptoms, 911 should be called immediately!
Heart healthy living is important to keep our hearts beating the best that they can. Regardless if genetics, lifestyle or both play a role, healthy living can help decrease the chances of a heart attack.
Five healthy living tips to reduce your risk of a heart attack:
Striving to achieve healthy living in small steps will make the goal more achievable, and make it easier to incorporate into your every daily routine. For more information on heart attack or heart-related diseases, visit the Heart Disease section of the CDC website.
At Concordia, our hope is that everyone achieves their wellness goals. Sometimes a move to a senior living community can give seniors the tools to better care for their heart health. Visit one of our senior care locations in western PA or eastern OH to learn more. If you do suffer from a cardiac event and your doctor requires therapy services after your specialized cardiac rehab, Consider Concordia Outpatient Physical Therapy. You can contact us at 724-352-4535 or visit us online to learn more about our Outpatient Physical Therapy.
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