American Heart Month – A February Resolution

Did you know that February is American Heart Month and was first proclaimed by the President in 1963? So over these almost 50 years have the results in our fight against heart disease gotten better or worse? Well, we now have better treatments, more people survive heart attacks, and on and on but unfortunately the statistics are just not good.

Per the CDC (here) heart disease is the number one cause of death

In 2010, an estimated 785,000 Americans had a new coronary attack, and about 470,000 had a recurrent attack. About every 25 seconds, an American will have a coronary event, and about one every minute will die from one.

These are staggering numbers, but while heart disease is listed as the number one cause of death, its really the lifestyles we lead that that cause much of our heart disease. Things such as smoking, lack of exercise, obesity, poor diet and others. These modifiable health risks are ones that we all should be paying attention to. (You can learn more about heart disease and take the Heart Attack Risk Calculator at the American Heart Association here).

While every month we should be focusing on our heart, why not make February a bit more focused.  You see its the second month. and now that we’ve gotten through the first month of the year many of us have forgotten our New Year’s Resolutions. What better time than February to remember those resolutions; especially those that had to do with keeping your heart and the rest of you healthy! Start simple, make a few easy changes to your diet, walk a bit more, get your family involved, your friends or co-workers (you can find some tips here).

So how about a February Resolution for all of us – Lets start American Heart Month off by making  changes that are going to last and make a difference in our lives as well as those we love and interact with.

About Fred Goldstein

President and Founder of Accountable Health, LLC. My background includes over 25 years of health care experience in hospital administration, health plan management, disease management and population health.
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