By State Rep. Todd Hunter
AUSTIN, Texas (Texas Insider Report) — The term “heart disease” refers to several types of heart conditions. In the United States, the most common type of heart disease is coronary artery disease, which can lead to heart attack. You can greatly reduce your risk for heart disease through lifestyle changes and, in some cases, medicine.
In this article, I want to feature Heart Month – which is designated for the month of February. With this designation, both the American Heart Association as well as the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) put out some great information. This month strives to educate the public about the importance of improving heart health, and aims to help people identify and understand helpful adjustments that can be made to increase heart health.
There are a few everyday things that we can do in achieving healthier lives for 2021.
Heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women in the United States. Every year, 1 in 4 deaths are caused by heart disease. The good news is that heart disease can often be prevented when people make healthy choices and manage their health conditions. Communities, health professionals, and families can work together to create opportunities for people to make healthier choices.
National trends show heart disease death rates are declining more slowly than they have in the past, especially among adults ages 35 to 64. The CDC Division of Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention and Million Hearts are focused on letting younger adults know they are not immune to heart disease, but that they can reduce their risk – at any age – through lifestyle changes and by managing medical conditions.
- Find time to be active. Aim for at least 150 minutes of physical activity per week. Invite fitness buddies on an afternoon stroll, try an exercise class, or challenge the whole family to a soccer match.
- Make healthy eating a habit. Small changes in your eating habits can make a big difference. Try making healthier versions of your favorite recipes by looking for ways to lower sodium and trans-fat and add more fruits and vegetables.
- Quit tobacco – for good. Smoking cigarettes and using other tobacco products affects nearly every organ in your body, including your heart. Quitting can be tough, but it can be easier when you feel supported.
- Know your numbers. High blood pressure and high cholesterol are major risk factors for heart disease. Ask your health care team to check your blood pressure and blood cholesterol levels regularly and help you take steps to control your levels.
- Stick to the ’Script. Taking your medications can be tough, especially if you feel fine. But sticking with your medication routine is important for managing and controlling conditions that could put your heart at risk.
Many of these systems coordinate impacted people to help them recover, while also improving the cost-effectiveness of their care. These systems of care generally are tailored by more localized methods that focus on certain regions of the nation and individual states. The Association uses collected data that helps a seamless transition from each stage of care.
It is with these types of awareness and outreach that they hope will save lives.
If you would like to learn more information about healthy tips on cardiovascular health, you can visit the American Heart Association.
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State Representative Todd Hunter serves the constituents of Texas House District 32, which is composed of Aransas, Calhoun, San Patricio and part of Nueces County.