Did you know that February is National Heart Health month? What a perfect time to assess your health habits and determine if you are treating your heart with tender loving care. Heart Disease, which includes hypertension, stroke, and coronary heart disease, is the #1 cause of death in the United States. In 2015, heart attacks were responsible for claiming the lives of 114,023 Americans. It is estimated that every 40 seconds, an American will have a heart attack.
What are the Risk Factors?
The American Heart Association (AHA) rates the cardiovascular health of our nation by following several factors that influences risks for heart disease. Let’s take a look at some of these below:
▪ Approximately one in every three US adults do not engage in leisure time physical activity.
▪ According to the American College of Sports Medicine, we should be aiming for at least 150 minutes