February is American Heart Month, a time to spread awareness of the importance of maintaining your cardiovascular health. There’s a lot you can do to live a heart-healthy lifestyle and getting your friends and family on board can help to reduce everyone’s risk and keep yourself motivated! Get moving, and we can end the struggle against cardiovascular disease.

Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in the United States, and about 82.6 million people have some form of the disease. Men are more likely to develop these issues during their lifetime than women, with African American and Hispanic individuals at higher risk. While there has been substantial progress in the medical field, cardiovascular disease still claims more than 800,000 lives every year in the United States.
About 11% of Americans are diagnosed with heart disease every year, but it doesn’t have to be this way. Your heart heath is extremely important and taking care of your body will help to reduce the chances of developing these widespread and life-threatening diseases.

Types of Heart Disease
According to the American Heart Association, there are many different types of conditions that fall under the cardiovascular disease umbrella, including coronary heart disease, stroke, hypertension, congestive heart failure, arrhythmia, peripheral artery disease, conditions affecting the circulatory system like deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism, and more. Any condition that affects the way the blood is moved through the body or directly affecting the heart and blood vessels is considered cardiovascular disease.

Reducing Your Risk
There are many ways that you can help to reduce your risk of developing cardiovascular diseases. Maintaining a healthy weight and diet is crucial to maintaining overall health and wellbeing, but especially to your heart health. Staying active helps to improve circulation as well as lower blood pressure and cholesterol, which directly affects the heart and circulatory systems. Just 30 minutes a day can get you on the road to a heart-healthy lifestyle! Reduce your stress and be sure to get enough rest every night. If you have diabetes, you should eliminate excess sugars and artificial sweeteners in your diet to properly manage your disease, which can help reduce the risk of cardiovascular complications associated with diabetes.

At Roger’s Family Pharmacy, we know that prevention is key to maintaining overall health and wellness. We strongly recommend you talk with your primary care physician regarding your health and ways to maintain a heart-healthy life. If you think you may be at risk, talk with your doctor about any necessary screening or testing. It could save your life. Visit the American Heart Association’s website, or you may also consult your local pharmacist at Roger’s Family Pharmacy at (601) 582-8351 for additional information.