Get "heart-fit" during American Heart Month


Every 60 seconds, someone in the United States dies from a heart disease-related event.

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for American men and women, claiming more than 600,000 lives each year.

Did you know that February is Heart Health Month?

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In a report published on, depression was just as strongly linked to cardiovascular disease as any of the more common "big five" risk factors that the American Heart Association warns people about.

Dr. Malinksi also explains that risk factors can include a family history of heart disease, physical inactivity, poor eating habits, smoking and excess alcohol consumption.

"St. Vincent's wants to educate as many women as possible about heart disease, because the more they know about the disease, the better chance they have of beating it", said Neeysa Biddle, Senior Vice President, Ascension Healthcare; President/CEO of St. Vincent's Health System (STVHS).

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National Wear Red Day was first observed in 2002 to bring national attention to heart disease as the number one killer of women and to raise awareness for women's heart health. Heart. April, 2016) that found that people who were lonely or socially isolated had a 29% higher risk of heart disease and a 32% risk of stroke. They also said that they feel depression needs to be addressed in order to potentially prevent any additional risks to a person's heart health.

If you fall into the at-risk category, Paramsothy recommends several steps you can take such as losing weight, eliminating fast food and cigarettes, adding vegetables and fresh fruit to your diet and getting regular exercise.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has tips to help make it easier to choose healthy foods, which in turn could help to lower risk factors for heart problems. There are a few risk factors that one can not change, for example age or the history of heart disease in their family.

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Risk factors including smoking, diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure and obesity affect both sexes, but these conditions are more unsafe for females.

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