Staying heart healthy

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You might notice a sea of red around town.

Today is National Wear Red Day, which kicks off American Heart Month.

February is filled with local events aimed at bringing awareness to heart disease.

National Wear Red Day is specifically dedicated to raising awareness about women’s heart health.

“One in three women will be impacted with cardiovascular disease,” explained Angela Breer, with the American Heart Association.

Heart disease is the largest killer of women. It takes more lives than all forms of cancer combined, according to health experts.

Breer said 80% is preventable by “doing something heart healthy and being aware of your risk factors .”

What does it mean to be “heart healthy?”

  • Know your numbers – check your blood pressure and cholosterol regularly
  • Don’t smoke
  • Eat healthy
  • Stay active

It’s just as important to know the warning signs of a heart attack or stroke. Men and women don’t have the same warning signs.

  • Men – chest pain and discomfort
  • Women – headaches, neck tightness or shoulder issues

Do not ignore any warning signs and visit your doctor.

In an effort to prevent heart disease, the American Heart Association teamed up with CVS stores. During the month of February, anyone can stop by the CVS Minute Clinic to get a free screening on Thursday or Friday.

More information about heart diease can be found here

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