Heart Healthy Month

BY Marcy Leiman
February 6, 2020
February is American Heart Month. Heart disease is the number one killer among Americans. President Lyndon B. Johnson proclaimed February as American Heart month in 1954, just nine years after he suffered a heart attack. Since then, the American Heart Association has helped millions of people live healthier lives by teaching them ways to prevent heart problems. 

One way that they do this is to help people understand the signs of heart attacks and strokes. 

Heart attack symptoms may include the following:
Chest discomfort that lasts more than a few minutes in the center of the chest feeling like uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain
Discomfort in other areas of the upper body as in one or both arms, back, neck, jaw or stomach
Shortness of breath
Other signs such as a cold sweat, nausea, or lightheadedness

Stroke symptoms may involve any one of the F.A.S.T. acronym which are:
Face drooping – one side droops or goes numb
Arm weakness – numbness
Speech difficulty – slurred speech or difficulty understanding the person
Time to call 9-1-1

Prevention is key. Living a healthy lifestyle including eating right and exercising regularly dramatically reduce your risks for heart disease. See your doctor regularly for annual checkups and know that it is never too late to live a healthier life. For more information about Heart Month or the American Heart Association, visit their website at www.heart.org
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