Nashville, TN – Today is the start of American Heart Month and it’s a good time to look at the statistics – and how we can improve them.
Cardiovascular disease is still the No. 1 killer of men and women, killing about 800,000 Americans each year, and nearly 20,000 right here in Tennessee. That’s more than the next four causes of death combined, including all forms of cancer.But up to 80% of cardiovascular disease may actually be PREVENTABLE through healthy lifestyle choices.
The American Heart Association recommends
- Healthy eating: Low salt (1500 mg/day), low fat, 3-5 cups vegetables a day
- Exercise 30 minutes a day
- Healthy body mass index
- Control blood pressure, cholesterol, glucose
- Go smoke-free
- Listen to your body! If you feel something is not right, get it checked out.
For tons of great information on how to beat heart disease, visit the American Heart Association website at www.heart.org.
And remember this Friday is National Wear Red Day: everyone wear red to support the fight against heart disease in women.