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Join Epiphany Healthcare in Raising Awareness during American Heart Month

Posted by Derek Moorman on February 4, 2016 at 11:18 AM

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It’s February once again and that means it’s time to join Epiphany Healthcare in observance of the American Heart Association’s American Heart Month. Did you know that heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women in the United States? In fact, each year, one in four deaths are caused by heart disease, that’s more than all types of cancer combined. The good news is that heart disease is often preventable and each and every one of us can make a difference. Here are some ways that you can participate in American Heart Month 2016. 



Take Matters Into Your Own Hands

The easiest way to observe American Heart Month is to make heart healthy changes in your own life. There are certain factors that put some people at greater risk for heart disease than others, but many of these are manageable. Here are some suggestions to minimize your own risk for heart disease.

  • Make it a priority to eat healthy and get active.
  • Watch your weight.
  • If you are a smoker, do whatever it takes to quit.
  • Control your cholesterol and blood pressure.
  • If you drink alcohol, be sure to drink only in moderation.
  • Take measures to prevent type 2 diabetes.
  • Learn to manage stress.

Spread The Word

One of the most important ways you can participate in American Heart Month is to call others to action. In today’s world it is easier than ever to make yourself heard. Here are some ways you can use your voice to raise awareness in your community:

  • Celebrate National Wear Red Day to raise awareness about women and their risk for heart disease. Encourage everyone in your community to wear red on February 5, 2016.  For more information about National Wear Red Day visit goredforwomen.org .
  • Use social media outlets like Facebook and Twitter throughout the month of February to raise awareness about American Heart Month.
  • Host or sponsor a community event to encourage families to be active and learn more about local health resources.
  • Join the American Heart Association’s national Be The Cure movement in advocating for healthier communities and healthier lives. (http://yourethecure.org/aha/advocacy/default.aspx)
  • Encourage loved ones to make heart healthy lifestyle choices.

At Epiphany Healthcare we want you to join us in observance of American Heart Month 2016, but we want the changes you make this February to be lasting ones. In addition, please use the information above to encourage friends, loved ones, and those in your community to make life long heart healthy decisions.

Created on 12/09/11 at 11:37:40  

Topics: American Heart Association, Heart Disease, heart health

Epiphany Cardio Wants You to “Follow Your Heart” This February

Posted by Allison Fawber on February 14, 2012 at 1:56 PM

This February, in observance of the American Heart Association’s “American Heart Month,” Epiphany Cardio wants to encourage you to “follow your heart.” We want you to personally join the fight against heart disease by maintaining an active awareness of cardiovascular health and following the path to a heart-healthy life. So, how can you “follow your heart?” Here are some tips:
 

Follow the FactsHeart Health

Obtaining and maintaining awareness about heart disease helps keep you conscious of the importance of cardiovascular health. The facts below should get you thinking about just how serious the topic is.

  • In America, heart disease, including stroke, is the number one cause of death for both men and women.
  • One out of every three deaths in America is from heart disease and stroke. This comes out to about 2,200 deaths per day. 
  • 71 million Americans have some form of heart disease.
     

Follow Your Risk

Understanding the magnitude of the issue is important, but alone it is not enough. Identifying which risks apply to you personally is a crucial step towards achieving optimal cardiovascular well-being. Check the following list. If any of the following applies to you, you are at increased risk for heart disease.

  • You are a male 45 or older
  • You are a female 55 or older
  • You have a history of heart disease in your family
  • You have high blood pressure OR high blood cholesterol
  • You have diabetes
  • You are overweight
  • You are physically inactive
  • You smoke
  • You are constantly under stress
     

Follow-Up With Action

Understanding the scope of heart disease and knowing which risk factors pertain to you are two integral steps towards cardiovascular health, but they are useless if they don’t lead you to action. Taking appropriate action against any of the risk factors above can reduce your risk of heart disease or even reverse damage to the heart. Even in cases where the factors are beyond your control, like those concerning age, gender, and heredity, taking any of the following actions can help minimize your risk.

  • Quit Smoking: The Surgeon General has called smoking "the leading preventable cause of disease and deaths in the United States." Quit now and start decreasing your risk of heart disease immediately.
  • Maintain a Healthy Weight: Don’t just lose weight, keep it off and greatly reduce your risk of heart disease.
  • Exercise on a Regular Basis: 20 to 60 minutes per day regularly, three to five times per week.
  • Eat Healthy: Lean meats, low-fat dairy products, and foods that are low in cholesterol, added salts, fats or sugars.
  • Treat Existing Health Conditions: If you have high blood pressure, high cholesterol, or diabetes, get regular check-ups and follow your doctor’s instructions. 
     
At Epiphany Cardio, it’s our business to help you “follow your heart” with our products and services. Please, this February, help us help you by starting down a life-long path to cardiovascular health by utilizing the tips above.  Also, feel free to help us participate in American Heart Month by passing these tips along to your loved ones.

Topics: AHA, American Heart Association, Heart Disease

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