Kennedy Health System Recognizes February as American Heart Month
Tuesday, January 31, 2012

American Heart Month

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, Kennedy Health System is proudly participating in American Heart Month by sponsoring a number of heart disease and heart healthy related community programs.

  • Keeping Your Heart Fit Has Some Fun Benefits - 02/07/2012
    Studies have shown that certain foods -- dark chocolate, red wine, fish oil and the DASH diet – have a proven cardiovascular benefit. Come and join us for this free program as the doctor discusses how you can lower your risk of heart disease and stroke with these fun foods!
  • Are you at Risk for Peripheral Vascular Disease (PVD)? - 02/21/2012
    Peripheral Vascular Disease, or PVD, covers all diseases of the blood vessels outside the heart. PVD can affect both the arteries and veins. Join us for this free program and learn about the causes and symptoms, as well as treatments for PVD.
  • And the Beat Goes On - 02/23/2012
    Keep your heart as well as your brain healthy! Join us for a free discussion on risk factors, signs and symptoms, and lifestyle modification. Free blood pressure screening available too!
  • Living with Heart Failure – 02/28/2012
    Getting a diagnosis of heart failure can be scary. However, with some lifestyle changes, you can still lead a full and productive life. This free education program looks at skills to help manage the symptoms of heart failure at home.

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.
  • Talk to your doctor about taking aspirin every day if you are a man over the age of 45, or a woman past menopause.
  • Manage stress.