February is Heart Health Month! Did you know that 1 in every 4 deaths in the US is a result of heart disease? At AMS Cardiology, we want to promote good heart health whenever we have the opportunity, so what better time than February for Heart Health Month! Heart disease is the leading cause of death in both men and women in the United States, so we want to stress the importance of taking care of your heart, no matter your age. Let’s take a quick look at the history of Heart Health Month.
During the 1960’s, more than half of the deaths in the United States were caused by cardiovascular disease. With this being such a high number, Congress wanted to create awareness for the issue. That is why the first American Heart Health Month was proclaimed by President Lyndon B. Johnson via Proclamation 3566 on December 30, 1963. The first Heart Health Month was celebrated just two months later in February, 1964.
In honor of Heart Health Month, there are numerous national events that have been established to spread awareness of the importance of heart health. Here are a few of the most notable events:
National Wear Red Day
One way that you can show support and spread awareness about heart health is to participate in National Wear Red Day. This year, it takes place on Friday, February 2. The day creates a sense of community, as supporters of the cause can outwardly show support for their loved ones who have suffered from heart disease.
Heart Walk is another national event that was created to spread awareness for Heart Health Month. The event takes place in over 300 cities nationwide and has more than one million participants. When you take part in Heart Walk, the proceeds go towards research so doctors can continue to work to treat and prevent heart disease. You can either join or start a team for the walk or join as an individual. No matter how you join, you will be helping make a difference in many people’s lives!
Hoops For Heart
Hoops For Heart is an event that helps spread awareness at a young age. Students play basketball to raise money to support other kids who are suffering from heart conditions. Not only are they helping their peers, but they are also educated on how nutrition and physical activity can help them live longer, healthier lives.
Go Red For Women
When it comes to promoting heart health in women, there are many events you can get involved in. Go Red Luncheons take place in cities nationwide and create awareness, raise funds and educate people on the importance of heart health. Another way that women get involved in the cause is through their church or religious groups. They can work with the groups to set up educational speaking events to raise awareness on heart health. Meetup groups are another way in which you can spread awareness in support of women’s heart health. Many women form social groups with other women affected by heart disease to help educate others and share their experiences with each other. The joining of people to fight heart disease creates a great sense of community and unity.
With heart disease being so prominent in the US, we wanted to take the time to spread awareness about Heart Health Month. Odds are, you or one of your loved ones will be affected by some form of heart condition at some point in their life, so we want to help educate as many people as possible. If you have any questions or are concerned about your heart health, make sure you contact us today!