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Make Heart Health Part of Your Self-Care Routine by NHLBI

  This post is shared courtesy of the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) Make Heart Health Part of Your Self-Care Routine Devoting a little time every day to care for yourself can go a long way to ward protecting the health of your heart. Simple self-care, such as taking a moment to de-stress, giving yourself time to move more, preparing healthier meals , and not cheating on sleep can all benefit your heart. And that’s a good thing, because h eart disease is largely preventable and focusing on improving your heart health has never been more important. Heart disease is a leading cause of death for women and men in the United States, and many Americans remain at risk of getting it, according to the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI). People with poor cardiovascular health are also at increased risk of severe illness from COVID-19. “Studies show self-care routines, such as taking a daily walk and keeping doctor’s appointments, help us keep our blood pressu

Women: Protect Your Heart

This post is shared courtesy of the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) Fact: One in five American women will die from heart disease, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  The good news? You can take small steps to improve your heart health every day.  1. Eat a heart healthy diet. Choose low sodium and salt foods; limit foods that have trans fat, like pastries and fried food; and cut back on sugar.  2. Manage your health conditions. Take your medicines as directed and get your blood pressure and cholesterol tested regularly. If you have diabetes, check your blood sugar level on a regular basis.  3. Get the facts about aspirin. Some people take aspirin every day to help prevent a heart attack or stroke, but it is not right for everyone. Ask your healthcare provider if you should use aspirin.  4. Know the signs of a heart attack in women, including:  • Heavy ache in your chest or back between your shoulder blades  • Sharp pain in your upper body  • Sho

American Heart Month Message by CDC Heart Stroke

  This message is courtesy of @CDCHeart_Stroke. Please follow them on Twitter @CDCHeart_Stroke  and  @MillionHeartsUS , on Facebook Million Hearts , and on  LinkedIn Million Hearts .  Heart disease has been the number one cause of death in the United States for more than 90 years. And Black people in the United States are more likely to experience risk factors for heart disease, such as hypertension, diabetes, obesity, and high cholesterol. But there is good news. More adults are aware about cardiovascular disease (CVD) and how to prevent it, including Black adults. Now, we can help empower them to take the small steps that will help lower their risk. We can’t change everything today, but bit by bit, we can empower more people to stand up and take back their health, one small step at a time. Live to the Beat is a belief change campaign that aims to reduce the risk of CVD among Black adults ages 35 to 54 by encouraging them to take small steps to move more, eat better, and work with a h