Preventing Heart Disease and Improving Community Wellness

February is Heart Health Month at Care Resource


The health center is not only celebrating American Heart Month in February but also focusing on South Florida’s health and wellness.

Every Tuesday during Heart Health Month, new clients and walk-ins are eligible for a NO-COST cholesterol screening, and free blood pressure testing. One can learn more about the health center’s affordable and accessible services during a complimentary screening.

Dr. Steven Santiago, the Medical Director at Care Resource, emphasizes the continued significance of heart health, stating, “Heart disease remains a leading cause of death for both men and women in the USA. Regular checks and addressing issues related to cholesterol and high blood pressure can significantly reduce the risk of death, leading to longer and healthier lives. We encourage everyone to know their numbers and gain knowledge on improving their heart health.”

Heart disease remains the leading cause of death for men, women, and individuals across various racial and ethnic groups in the United States. Shockingly, one person dies every 33 seconds in the U.S. from cardiovascular disease. In 2021, approximately 695,000 people lost their lives to heart disease, accounting for 1 in every 5 deaths. The numbers are staggering, with cardiovascular disease claiming 928,741 lives in the year 2020 alone.

Here are some updated recommendations to help one maintain a healthy heart:

Monitor Blood Pressure: High blood pressure often presents with no symptoms, so regular checks are crucial. Hypertension is one of the leading causes contributing to 691,095 deaths in the United States. Nearly half of adults have hypertension (48.1%, 119.9 million)

Get Cholesterol Checked: One should have their cholesterol levels tested at least once every 5 years. Consult a Care Resource healthcare provider for this simple blood test. Nearly 25 million adults in the United States have total cholesterol levels above 240 mg/dL.

Embrace a Heart-Healthy Diet: Ensure the consumption of plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables, aiming for at least five servings daily. Opt for foods low in saturated and trans fats, and cholesterol, and high in fiber.

Prioritize Physical Activity: Following the Surgeon General’s advice, engage in moderate-intensity activity for a minimum of 150 minutes weekly. Incorporate exercise into your daily routine and consider involving friends and family for a healthy and enjoyable experience.

Quit Smoking: Cigarette smoking significantly increases the risk of heart disease. If one does not smoke, refrain from starting. If one does not smoke, seek assistance from your Care Resource healthcare provider to quit as soon as possible. Each year, nearly half a million Americans die prematurely of smoking or exposure to secondhand smoke.

Let’s make Heart Health Month a collective effort to prioritize our cardiovascular well-being and build a foundation for longer, healthier lives. Heart health matters.

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