As we celebrate Valentine’s Day, we are reminded that February is Heart Health Month.
The good news is that the death rate from heart disease has declined in the U.S. over the past decade.
But, the bad news is that it is still the leading cause of death in America and what’s worse, the death rate due to heart disease is rising among young adults, according to the Center for Disease Control.
Risk factors like tobacco use, a sedentary lifestyle, and hypertension are increasing among young adults aged 35 to 64.
Million Hearts is an initiative by the CDC to increase awareness of heart disease and promote prevention activities that can reduce your chances of getting heart disease, developing high blood pressure or having a heart attack or stroke.
Watch the below video to learn about what you can do to take control of your heart health.
Want to determine the age of your heart? Check out The Heart Age calculator.
However, keep in mind that this quick calculator is no substitute for regular check-ups with your primary health care provider.
This information can seem overwhelming, but you are not alone. The Family Health Clinic cares for your heart.
We can help you develop a plan to reduce your risk for heart disease. Please call (618) 468-6812 or stop by for more information. We are open to the public Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in Fobes 1525 on the Godfrey campus of Lewis and Clark Community College.