Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women in the United States.
The good news is we can change that because 80% of cardiac arrests can be prevented when all men and women take steps to lower their risks of developing heart disease.
THE TEN COMMANDMENTS FOR A HEALTHY HEART
1. Know your risk for heart disease.
2. Talk to your doctor about reducing your risk for heart disease.
3. Have your blood pressure checked regularly.
4. Know your cholesterol numbers. These include total cholesterol, HDL or "good" cholesterol, LDL or "bad" cholesterol and triglycerides.
5. Have your blood sugar level checked for diabetes.
6. Do not smoke cigarettes or use other tobacco products.
7. Eat for your health.
8. Get regular physical activity; at least 30 minutes of moderate physical activity on most or all days of the week.
9. Aim for a healthy weight.
10. Know the signs and symptoms of a heart attack and the importance of seeking medical help immediately.
MAKE A CHANGE
Throughout the month of February; take action to improve your heart health and lower your chances of developing heart disease. When it comes to beating heart disease, education and lifestyle changes can be the cure.
"Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life.”
From the words of Late Dr. Coleman:
When you know better, you do better!
~ The VFBC Healthy Living Ministry ~
Sister Pinkey Todman
Chairperson & Retired RN