It is the Month of the Heart ~ What’s the State of Yours?

Posted on February 21, 2012. Filed under: Good for You | Tags: , , , , , |

February is American Heart Month. Did you know that heart disease is the leading cause of death for BOTH men and women? An estimated 630,000 people in the US will die from heart disease and its associated complications in this year alone. You may think you’re safe because you are young. But, heart disease is now the third leading cause of death in women aged 25 to 44.

Signs and symptoms to watch for include:

  • Discomfort in the center of your chest.
  • Discomfort in other areas of your upper body, including: arms, back, neck, jaw or abdomen.
  • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath.
  • Cold sweats, nausea, and/or light-headedness, especially when combined with any of the above symptoms.
The absolute best way to keep your heart healthy is through a healthy diet and regular exercise. For an overview of the top 24 heart-healthy foods, click here.

It is also vital that you get an annual physical. Be your own advocate and talk to your doctor about any symptoms you may have. With health reform, many health insurance policies now include annual preventative care covered 100% by the insurance company. If you live in Texas and need insurance, contact us.

Here’s to your heart’s health!

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