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Take Care of Your Heart 

Lead Well:

February is American Heart Month, a time to re-commit to the diet and lifestyle choices needed to keep your heart healthy and strong. Heart disease is the leading cause of death among adults in the United States, and there are many critical decisions that you can make to reduce your risk.  
 

Did you know? 

  • One person dies every 33 seconds in the United States from cardiovascular disease. 

  • About 695,000 people in the United States died from heart disease in 2021—that’s 1 in every 5 deaths

  • Heart disease cost the United States about $239.9 billion each year from 2018 to 2019. This includes the cost of health care services, medicines, and lost productivity due to death. 

 

Source: Heart Disease Facts | cdc.gov

 

Content Worth Sharing 

Here are some tips on how to prevent heart disease and keep your body healthy, as well as additional resources from our Living Well Library. 

 

Stay Active 

Physical activity can change your life. Check out this link to Get Moving, Feel Better to keep yourself motivated. Just twenty minutes a day will make all the difference – not only to your body physically, but the way you feel about yourself. For a full list of physical activity resources click here.  

Eat Well 

Eating well is fundamental to good health and well-being. Consider this:  

  • During a 25-year study of nearly 3,400 people ages 18 to 30, researchers found that those with slightly elevated blood pressure, blood sugar and cholesterol levels tended to have lower cognitive thinking and reasoning abilities in their 40s and 50s. And research has shown that the healthiest eaters at age 50 had a nearly 90 percent lower risk of dementia compared to those who had the least healthy diets.*

Reduce Stress 

Exercising and eating well are essential for managing your heart health and taking good care of your body will help you to reduce your stress.

Remember that taking care of your emotional well-being is critical for managing your heart health as well. This includes creating an ideal sleep environment, testing out meditation and mindfulness techniques, engaging in fun social activities, and leaving time to do the things that make you happy.

*According to the American Heart Association. For more details please click here.  

 

Heart disease and strokes affect millions of Americans – not just patients, but the loved ones who care for them as well. Patients may feel alone, scared, or depressed. Caregivers may be tired, confused, or overwhelmed. That's why INDEAL Cares’ charitable partner, the American Heart Association’s Support Network exists; so people can share their real stories and make a real difference in people's lives. Join the Support Network – An online community made up of survivors, caregivers, family members, and friends whose lives have been changed by cardiovascular disease or stroke, courtesy of INDEAL Cares’ charitable partner, the American Heart Association.

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