February 13, 2015
American Heart Month
If someone says "heart" during the month of February, most of us take it as a hint to rush to the drug store to buy a Valentine's Day card.
But February is also American Heart Month, so designated by the American Heart Association, which reminds us:
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.
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.
Make a difference in your community: Spread the word about strategies for preventing heart disease and encourage people to live heart healthy lives....
That's the national message. Here are some critical numbers for South Carolina, according to the state Department of Health and Environmental Control:
- 9,277 -- The number of people who died from heart disease in South Carolina in 2012.
- 52,593 -- The number of hospitalizations due to heart disease in South Carolina in 2012.
- $2.926 billion -- The total cost of hospitalizations due to heart disease in SC during 2012.
Here are some ways DHEC recommends to fight heart disease:
- Stop smoking
- Maintain a healthy weight
- Get regular health screenings:
- Limit alcohol use
- Take your medicine
- Manage your diabetes
- Eat a healthy diet that's low in fat, cholesterol and salt
- Exercise for at least 30 minutes on most days of the week
Also, keep an eye on the Providence Hospitals blog, which is highlighting heart health all month.