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Epiphany Healthcare Wants You to “Defend Your Heart” This February

Posted by Shannon Richter on February 7, 2020 at 4:23 PM

shielded heartThis February, in observance of American Heart Month, Epiphany Healthcare wants to encourage you to “defend 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 “defend your heart?” Here are some tips:

Start Arming Yourself with the Facts

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

  • In America, heart disease, is the number one cause of death for both men and women.
  • One out of every four deaths in America is from heart disease.. This comes out to about one death every 37 seconds. 
  • Nearly half of all Americans have some form of heart disease.

Protect Yourself by Learning Your Heart’s Risks

Understanding the magnitude of the issue is important, but understanding alone it is not enough. Identifying the risks that apply to you personally is a crucial step towards achieving optimal cardiovascular well-being. There are three types of risk factors: major risk factors, modifiable risk factors, and contributing risk factors. Check the following list. According to the American Heart Association, if any of the following applies to you, are at increased risk for heart disease.

Major Risk Factors

Major risk factors significantly increase the risk of cardiovascular disease. These factors include age, gender, and heredity. People who are 65 and older make up the majority that die of coronary heart disease and men have a greater risk. People with parents who have or had heart disease are also more likely to develop the disease. According to the American Heart Association, races with an increased risk are African Americans, Mexican Americans, American Indians, Native Hawaiians, and some Asian Americans. Again, the three major risk factors are:

  • Increasing Age
  • Male Gender
  • Heredity (including race)

Modifiable Risk Factors

Modifiable risk factors can be controlled through medication and/or lifestyle change. For example, people with diabetes and that are overweight can make the lifestyle change of eating better and getting regular exercise to reduce their risk. Modifiable risk factors include:       

  • Tobacco smoke
  • High blood cholesterol
  • High blood pressure
  • Physical inactivity
  • Obesity
  • Diabetes

Contributing Risk Factors

Contributing risk factors are associated with increased risk of cardiovascular disease but the significance of their effect is undetermined. Contributing risk factors that are currently known are:

  • Stress
  • Alcohol
  • Diet and nutrition 

Shield Yourself from the Modifiable and Contributing Risks

Understanding the scope of heart disease and knowing the risk factors that pertain to you are two essential steps towards cardiovascular health, but they are useless if they don’t lead you to action. Taking appropriate action against the modifiable and contributing risk factors above can reduce your risk of heart disease and potentially even reverse damage to the heart.

Epiphany Healthcare is an advocate for heart health; it’s our business. Take this knowledge and become heart healthy by making lifestyle changes that prevent heart disease. Share this blog with friends and family on how to prevent heart disease, and possible become a lifesaver.

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Topics: American Heart Association, Heart Disease, heart health, Protecting your heart, American heart month, Healthcare Communication

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

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