First recognized in 1964, every February has been designated as American Heart Month. But, it’s important to realize that cardiovascular disease knows no borders.
Cardiovascular disease, including heart disease and stroke, remains the leading global cause of death with more than 17.3 million deaths each year, according to the American Heart Association (AHA). That number is expected to rise to more than 23.6 million deaths by 2030.
That said, the AHA works to help everyone live longer, healthier lives so we can enjoy all of life’s precious moments. And, that starts with taking care of your health. American Heart Month is one way to remind Americans to focus on their hearts and encourage them to get their families, friends and communities involved in building a culture of making healthy choices.
National Wear Red Day – celebrated Feb. 2 – is also a significant event during the month to recognize the effect of heart disease on women. So why go red?
Cardiovascular disease in the U.S. takes the life of one woman every 80 seconds. But the good news is that 80 percent of cardiac events can be prevented with education and lifestyle changes. Go Red For Women advocates for more research and swifter action for women’s heart health. Five numbers that all women (and men for that matter) should know to take control of their heart health are:
- Total Cholesterol
- HDL (good) Cholesterol
- Blood Pressure
- Blood Sugar
- Body Mass Index (BMI)
Knowing these numbers will help all adults and their healthcare providers determine their risk for developing cardiovascular diseases.
After all, your heart depends on it!