World Heart Day is Tuesday September 29th, 2020
This is a perfect day to quit smoking, start exercising, eat healthy and see a doctor regularly. All in the name of protecting your ticker and doing your very best to keep it in good working shape. World Heart Day encourages everyone around the world to step up and take action to improve your individual health and well-being and also encourage your loved ones to do so as well. Especially today, with the world facing a global pandemic, it is more important than ever.
- Heart disease costs all of us in more ways than one:
Besides the staggering personal losses suffered by individuals and their families who are forced to deal with heart disease, each year the U.S. alone spends nearly $200 billion in health care services, medication, and lost productivity due to heart disease.
- 4 common risk factors:
Smoking, high blood pressure, obesity and high cholesterol (specifically LDL), are the key risk factors for heart disease. Half of all Americans suffer from at least one of these.
- Sodium intake can also put the young at higher risk:
High blood pressure in on the rise in our kids. Approximately 10 percent of children in the U.S. have high blood pressure, and increased salt in diets can be a contributor.
- Early warning signs are critical:
Roughly 47 percent of cardiac-related deaths take place outside of a hospital — indicating that people do not always take early warning signs serious enough. When you are talking heart disease, it is much better to be safe than sorry.
If you already are doing all there is to keep your heart as strong as possible, hats off to you and keep up the good work!! But for many of us there are still things we can do to better protect our heart, and knowing that cardiovascular disease is the number 1 killer throughout the world, it is time to do those things you know you should be doing to protect your heart. So let World Heart Day kick start it for you – your heart will thank you!
Please Stay Safe & Be Healthy!