February is home to a few exciting holidays, like Valentine’s Day and the Super Bowl (yes, we consider that a national holiday!). However, many people are not aware that this month is also American Heart Month – a time for everyone to educate themselves about heart disease and how it can be prevented. Today, we want to talk about some ways you can help prevent the number one cause of death for both men and women in the United States: heart disease.
1. Know your family history. A tell-tale way to determine if you will have a high risk for heart disease is to look back at your family tree. If your immediate relatives struggled with the heart disease, diabetes or stroke, your risk is much greater.
2. Maintain a healthy blood pressure. Hypertension – also known as high blood pressure – can go without symptoms in many individuals, leading to immense health problems and death. Pay attention to your blood pressure readings and take the necessary precautions to lower that pressure.
3. Take your health seriously. Watching what you eat and exercising regularly is a great way to help reduce your risk of heart disease. Exercise activates genes that are beneficial for your overall health and nutritious meals can help fuel you toward a healthier lifestyle.
4. Try to reduce stress. It’s almost impossible to eliminate stress completely, but taking measures to reduce it can greatly reduce your risk of heart disease. Make a list of things that calm you down, like taking a walk or going out to dinner with a close friend. Whip out this list when you’re feeling stressed to keep your heart happy!
5. Do your research. In anything we do, conducting our own personal research is key. Science is constantly evolving, with new studies and remedies coming out almost monthly. Be sure to stay up-to-date in the realm of heart health and keep those around you informed, as well!
As we celebrate a month full of friends, family and love, let’s make an effort to educate ourselves (and those around us) about the risks and remedies to heart disease. American Heart Month is a great way to learn more about your family history of heart disease, diabetes and stroke.
As the month goes on and you have questions regarding health or life insurance for you or your family, give Chalk & Gibbs a call! Also, feel free to stop by our offices in Morehead City, Beaufort or Cape Carteret. We look forward to chatting with you!