One more thing as we approach the end of the month. February was designated as American Heart Month by President Lyndon B. Johnson in December 1963 to remind Americans to focus on their hearts—cardiovascular health, that is.
Cardiovascular diseases—including heart disease and stroke—claim more than 17.9 million lives each year and remain the leading cause of death on a global scale. Sadly, that number is expected to rise to more than 23.6 million by 2030 according to World Health Organization.
Each day about 2,300 Americans die of cardiovascular diseases each day, which averages 1 death each 38 seconds and about one woman every 80 seconds.
As Women, often times we are preoccupied with the wellbeing of our children, spouse, parents, siblings, etc., that we forget to care for ourselves and most times, to our detriment. Sadly, I’ve heard stories of young mothers succumbing to preventable deaths due to inadequate self care, heart diseases and even cancer that were not detected until the late stage. This will not be our portion in Jesus name, amen but we must also intentionally care about our heart, our body and our health.
The good news is that we can lower the risks of cardiovascular diseases by making healthy choices. Even modest changes to diet and lifestyle can improve heart health and significantly reduce risk by as much as 80 percent, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.
Stress management is also important as chronic stress can negatively impact the heart and may lead to health problems in some people.
Learn to lower risks of cardiovascular diseases through stress management, healthy choices, relaxation, and regular follow up with your primary care physician.
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–MomWise Latunde Onabanjo contributed to this report.