While Valentine’s Day brings plenty of room for romance, this year it’s time to wear red for a different reason. February marks the beginning of American Heart Month, a period dedicated to recognizing the number one health concern in the nation. To protect you and your family, early detection and prevention remain a key component in maintaining heart health. At Bellin Health Home Care Equipment, we offer these important reasons to go R-E-D this February:
R: Recognize the Symptoms
In the event that you or loved one experiences a heart attack, time is one of the most precious variables in limiting damage. If chest pains or feelings such as squeezing or fullness persist, it is not a time to be cautionary. Although this can be as simple as acid reflux, it is important to seek professional assistance in order to rule out the possibility of heart complications, particularly when symptoms are paired with back or jaw pain. Similarly, shortness of breath, anxiety, cold sweat, dizziness, fainting and nausea are also important triggers.
E: Exercise and Healthy Eating
Nearly 70 percent of American adults are either overweight or obese, putting them at a high risk of heart disease. By exercising regularly and maintaining a strong diet, you can help prevent heart attacks, as well as improve your overall health. To make this possible, be sure to keep your goals realistic. Avoid crazy diet fads and stick with the basics by decreasing your red meat consumption in place of grilled chicken, cutting the potato chips for veggies, and finding an exercise routine that fits your lifestyle. Above all, avoid smoking or exposure to second-hand smoke.
To preserve health and maintain your peace of mind, stress reduction is an important element for your fitness. Find time during the day for meditation or reflection. Look for opportunities to volunteer at events that are close to your heart and commit to getting a full sleep schedule. Hobbies are another way to find outlets to relive potential stress. Taking up journaling, yoga, or gardening can help ease strenuous thoughts and maintain your quality of life.
Although American Heart Month is only twenty-eight days long, the impact of developing these important habits can benefit you year-round. By incorporating these tips into your daily routine, you can help avoid heart disease and improve overall health. At Bellin Health Home Care Equipment, we put your heart first. With our full catalog, you can get the tools you need such as vitamins and walking aids to promote an active lifestyle, in addition to our Blood Pressure Monitors to help provide warning of any potential complications. Contact us today to learn more!