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February is American Heart Month

Love Your Heart

Not only is February American Heart Month, but it is Heart Health Month here at Care Resource too! As the heart is the symbol of love… this is a time to show yourself the love. Learn about your risks for heart disease and stay “heart healthy” for yourself and your loved ones.

For Heart Health Month, on Tuesdays, new clients and walk-ins can receive a free cholesterol screening, free blood pressure testing and a special heart shaped stress ball.

According to Steven Santiago, M.D., Medical Director with Care Resource, “Heart disease continues to a major cause of death among both men and women in the USA. Checking and treating problems with cholesterol and high blood pressure can decrease the risk of death, and lead to longer and healthier lives. We encourage everyone to know their numbers and get educated on what they can do improve their heart health!”

Below are just some of the many things on can do to maintain a healthy heart:

•  Monitor your blood pressure. High blood pressure often has no symptoms, so be sure to have it checked on a regular basis.

•  Get your cholesterol checked. Your health care team should test your cholesterol levels at least once every 5 years. Talk with your Care Resource health care provider about this simple blood test.

•  Be sure to eat plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables. Adults should have at least five servings each day. Eating foods low in saturated fat, trans fat, and cholesterol and high in fiber.

•  The Surgeon General recommends that adults should engage in moderate-intensity activity for at least 150 minutes per week. Remember to incorporate exercise into your day in different ways. Exercising with friends and family can be a great way to stay healthy and have fun.

•  Don’t smoke. Cigarette smoking greatly increases your risk for heart disease. If you don’t smoke, don’t start. If you do smoke, quit as soon as possible. Your Care Resource health care provider can suggest ways to help you quit.

 

About Care Resource:

Care Resource is a 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization and a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) with four locations in Midtown Miami, Little Havana, Miami Beach, and Fort Lauderdale. The health center provides comprehensive health and support services to address the full health care needs of South Florida’s pediatric, adolescent, and adult populations.

 

For media inquiries, please contact Jonathan Welsh, Associate Director of Communications and Development at jwelsh@careresource.org.

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