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Live Well: February is American Heart Month

Live Well: February is American Heart Month

Did you know February is American Heart Month? 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.

In 2017, more than 19,000 Hoosiers died from cardiovascular disease, making heart disease the leading cause of death in Indiana. February is American Heart Month, and the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) encourages all Indiana residents to make healthier choices to help in lowering their risk of developing life-threatening heart disease.

The good news? 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.

Here are a few ways to lower your risk:

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  • Know and control your blood pressure.
  • Watch your weight, which includes eating a healthy diet with plenty of fruits and vegetables.
  • Quit smoking and stay away from secondhand smoke.
  • Talk to your doctor about controlling your cholesterol and blood pressure.
  • If you drink alcohol, drink only in moderation.
  • Get active, because¬†even light-intensity activity can offset some of the risks of being sedentary.
  • Manage your stress. Take 10 minutes everyday to do something that makes your happy or helps with de-stress.

Since 2012, heart disease has been the leading cause of death in Indiana and the numbers continue to increase. In 2017, about 29 percent of all deaths in Indiana were caused by cardiovascular disease. 

For more information and resources, visit the Indiana State Department of Health website or the American Heart Association website.  

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