Humpday Health: Kicking off National Heart Month

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — February is National Heart Month, so in February Humpday Health is going to focus on ways to keep your heart happy and healthy.

Did you know heart disease and stroke is the number one killer of both men and women here in the US?

“One out of every three individuals is effected by heart disease and stroke,” said Ashley Miller, the director of corporate relations for the Cape Fear chapter of the American Heart Association.

But there is some good news, Miller said that 80 percent of heart disease cases are preventable. And there are simple steps you can take to lower your risks.

“We ask everyone in the nation to stop smoking, exercise regularly, eat healthy, maintain your weight, and check with your doctor to know your numbers,” Miller said.

You don’t have to start running marathons tomorrow. Miller said just 30 minutes of easy walking a day can help you turn your health around.

“Don’t try to do it cold turkey all at once. Just make one change a week, one change a month. So it’s exercising, get out walk the dog, ride bikes with the kids, make healthier snacks available in the refrigerator, just do one or two steps,” Miller said.

Some folks might be thinking they’re too young to have to worry about things like heart disease. Unfortunately, that’s not true.

“Congenital heart defects, which is awareness next week, that is the number one birth defect in babies. So we have tons of kids that are affected,” Miller said.

Heart attacks can happen to anyone at any age.

This Friday, February 5, is National Wear Red Day. The event is to show support and raise awareness of heart disease and stroke impacting women throughout our communities.

According to the CDC, more than 610,000 people die of heart disease in the US annually. That about one in every four deaths in the country.

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