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February is American Heart Month

Each year, heart disease kills more Americans than cancer, with about 1 in every 4 deaths in the United States currently being caused by cardiovascular complications. Heart disease is thought to kill around 600,000 people annually, and with more and more research suggesting that heart complications can start originating during adolescence, heart education and prevention efforts are now deemed necessary starting in childhood.

February is American Heart Month as designated by the American Heart Association (AHA), and we at the Community Health Center, Inc. hope you will join us in paying special attention to heart health and awareness. The AHA’s Go Red For Women campaign is in its 10th year and calls for all those supporting women with heart disease to wear the color red on the first day of the month, fittingly called National Wear Red Day®. GO RED. WEAR RED. Help us at CHC in building a healthier United States.

CHC of Meriden will also be hosting a Heart Health Workshop on Friday, February 8th, and all of our sites are committed to improving and maintaining the heart health of our patient community in February and throughout the year. For more information see CHC’s Heart Health Workshop

What is Heart Disease?
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), heart disease is the term used to classify several types of heart conditions. The most common form of heart disease is called coronary artery disease, which is the root cause for conditions such as heart failures, heart attacks, and arrhythmia.

Heart failure
Heart failure, or congestive heart failure, is when your heart cannot pump enough blood to meet your body’s needs. High blood pressure or the narrowing of arteries in your heart are frequent causes of heart failure. (Mayo Clinic)

Heart attack
Heart attacks occur when a blood clot prevents the flow of blood through a coronary artery, a blood vessel which transmits blood to the heart.  Heart attacks can be fatal, as people frequently confuse the symptoms with those of a minor illness or ailment. (Mayo Clinic)

Arrhythmia
Arrhythmia is a set of heart rhythm disorders, where malfunctioning electrical signals in your heart cause it to beat too slow, too fast, or irregularly. (Mayo Clinic)

Go Red For Women
In 2004, the AHA introduced Go Red For Women, an initiative that implores women to take the battle against heart disease into their own hands. Go Red for Women is an engaging, social movement, one that provides women with the necessary resources to not only improve their personal health and habits, but to help others do the same thing. To learn more, please visit Go Red for Women 

Fast Facts

  • Coronary heart disease is the most common type of heart disease, with over 385,000 people dying from it every year. (CDC)
  • Someone suffers a stroke in the U.S. every 40 seconds. Someone dies from a stroke every 3 minutes in our country. (New York Presbyterian Hospital)
  • About 47% of sudden cardiac deaths occur outside a hospital. This suggests that many people with heart disease don’t act on early warning signs. (CDC)
  • 935,000 Americans have a heart attack every year. 610,000 of these are a first heart attack. (CDC)
  • From 1999 to 2009, the relative rate of stroke death fell 37% and the actual number of stroke deaths declined by 23%. Still, strokes remain one of the leading causes of disability in the U.S. (AHA)

Quick Links

American Heart Association (AHA)
http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
http://www.cdc.gov/heartdisease/about.htm

Mayo Clinic
http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/heart-disease/DS01120 

Kids Health
http://kidshealth.org/kid/grownup/conditions/heart_disease.html

For more information about heart disease, how to prevent heart problems, and the like, please do not hesitate in contacting our staff to set up an appointment or ask a question.