American Heart Month – February 2013

American Heart Month is a time to battle cardiovascular disease and raise awareness about what we can do to live heart-healthy lives.

Heart disease, including stroke, is the leading cause of death for men and women in the United States.

Heart disease kills an estimated 630,000 Americans each year. It’s the leading cause of death for both men and women. To prevent heart disease and increase awareness of its affects, Syracuse Community Health Center, Inc. is proudly participating in American Heart Month and National Wear Red Day.

In the United States, the most common type of heart disease is coronary artery disease (CAD), which can lead to a heart attack. You can greatly reduce your risk for CAD through lifestyle changes and, in some cases, medication.

You can make healthy changes to lower your risk of developing heart disease. Controlling and preventing risk factors is also important for people who already have heart disease.

Watch your weight.

Quit smoking and stay away from secondhand smoke.
Control your cholesterol and blood pressure.
If you drink alcohol, drink only in moderation.
Get active and eat healthy.
Manage stress.

Talk to your doctor about taking aspirin every day if you are a man over the age of 45, or a woman past menopause.
For more information on all of the above, visit Syracuse Community Health Center, Inc. or call 315-476-7921 to schedule an appointment with your health care provider.