It’s February Already!! And It’s Heart Health Month

Oh my goodness, January 2023 is in the past, never to be seen or experienced again. How quickly time passes? This is why we must seize each moment (capri diem) and make the best of it. Every day of life is a blessing; and when ever you are tempted to take it for granted, think of those who wanted to be here but are not able to.

February has a lot going for her, haha, and yes HER. Not only is it the month of my birth, but more importantly, it’s Black History month and Heart Month. First, however, I want to discuss the heart of that is okay.

February was established as “American Heart Month “in 1964 to spread awareness and educate the public about the risks of heart disease and how to prevent it. Our heart is a vital organ; it is the first sign of life and the last to seize its work just before death. Unfortunately, our heart is also very delicate, so we must do all we can to ensure it remains in excellent health. Unfortunately, by some misfortune, many people’s hearts get sick, which is why this is a discussion to be had.

What is heart disease?

Heart disease, or cardiovascular disease (CVD), involves conditions that affect the heart and blood vessels. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there are several types of heart disease, including coronary heart disease, which is the most common in the United States. CVD usually results from plaque (waxy substance) buildup in the arteries. Consequently, we must regularly monitor our blood pressure, cholesterol, and stress levels.

Some examples of heart disease:

  • Blood vessel disease, such as coronary artery disease
  •  Irregular heartbeats (arrhythmias)
  •  Heart problems you’re born with (congenital heart defects)
  •  Disease of the heart muscle
  •  Heart valve disease

Heart disease affects both men and women, and the signs and symptoms depend on the type of heart disease. I will look at these in my next blog post. In the interim, you can help care for your heart by making healthy lifestyle choices, as many forms of heart disease are preventable. See below for foods that you can read for a healthy heart.

Until next time be blessed.

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