“My Administration is committed to leading a new era of medicine — one that delivers the right treatment at the right time — and to ensuring Americans live longer, healthier, more productive lives,” This was part of the letter that was written by President Barrack Obama as he declared February as American Heart Month.
Heart disease is the nation’s number 1 killer. Almost half of all Americans- men, women, and even children are at risk of heart disease. The sad part is, many of them don’t know about it.
The declaration of February as Heart Disease Awareness month is a huge step forward in letting the American people know about the great risks of having heart disease or any cardiovascular diseases for that matter. It makes them aware of the life threatening danger that is brought about by the disease.
The Fight against Cardiovascular Diseases
The battle against Cardiovascular Diseases is led by The American Heart Association. They do this by sponsoring awareness campaigns and funding medical research studies that centers on cardiovascular diseases. In fact, AHA has already invested more than $3.7 billion into these studies.
According to a study conducted by the American Heart Association, more than 17 million people die of heart disease every year. And by 2030, that number is expected to grow to more than 23 million.
President Obama also wrote in his letter that both he and the First Lady will be wearing red on the celebration of American Heart Month this Friday. He encouraged every American to do the same. “By wearing red, we help raise awareness of cardiovascular disease and provide an important reminder that it is never too early to take action to protect our health,” the President wrote.
Take Control of your Blood Pressure
Taking control of your blood pressure is very important. Heart disease and stroke are caused by uncontrolled high blood pressure. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) together with Million Hearts– a national effort to prevent 1 million heart attacks and strokes in the United States by 2017- are at the forefront in the awareness campaign to let Americans know the importance of knowing one’s blood pressure.
There are more than 67 million Americans with uncontrolled high blood pressure. These people are four times more likely to suffer from stroke and heart disease than people with normal blood pressure. This is why it is very important to have your blood pressure checked regularly.
If you have high blood pressure, get it under control by doing these simple steps.
- Ask your doctor what your blood pressure should be
- Take your blood pressure medicine as directed
- Quit smoking—and if you don’t smoke, don’t start
- Reduce sodium intake
Who are at Risk of Heart Disease?
Everyone can be at risk of heart disease. But there are some people who are more at risk of getting this disease as compared to others. In the United States, African Americans are the most at risk in getting heart disease. In an article that was published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, it says that Americans aged 30-74 who lived in the Southeast like the states of Indiana, Kentucky, West Virginia, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Tennessee, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Georgia have higher risks of developing heart disease over the next 10 years than those who live in the other parts of the country. The article also said that the states mentioned to have a high risk of heart disease have all large African American populations.
As we celebrate American Heart Month, let us contemplate on these words that were written by our President, Barrack Obama. “We have lost devoted mothers and fathers, loved siblings, and cherished friends to this devastating epidemic. As we honor their memories, let us recommit to improving our hearts’ health and continue the fight against this deadly disease, for ourselves and our families.”
This month, help raise awareness for this condition and possibly help save the life of family, friends and even strangers.