AMERICAN HEART MONTH
(ATLANTIC) February is American Heart Month, an opportunity to consider some simple steps you can take to ensure your heart is as healthy as it can be. The Iowa Department of Public Health says in Iowa, one of every three deaths is directly linked to cardiovascular disease. In 2009, 6-thousand 912 people died from heart disease and another 1-thousand died from stroke.
Peggy Dunbar with the Cardiac Rehab Center at Cass County Memorial Hospital says the most common heart condition is Coronary Artery Disease.
“What that really involves is just obstruction or a collection of usually fatty deposits along the vessel wall that gradually build up until they totally occlude the vessel wall,” said Dunbar.
Dunbar says Coronary Artery Disease is a very preventable disease. She says activity is essential in keeping a healthy heart as well as weight management, knowing your blood pressure numbers and cholesterol levels. Diabetes and smoking are also risk factors.
“I just encourage everyone to assume responsibility for looking after their health and practicing better habits and educating our children on doing the same thing,” said Dunbar.
Dunbar says signs of a serious heart condition include chest pain, chronic fatigue, and shortness of breath with exertion.