February is National Heart Month

A new federal report says one in every 6 Americans died from a heart attack before the age of 65 in the year 2001 alone. February is National Heart month, and the American Heart Association has issued new guidelines for preventing heart disease, especially in women.

When you mention the phrase “heart attack” to women, many worry about their husbands, fathers, or grandfathers. But doctors suggest that women should consider worrying about themselves instead. In the past, heart disease was considered primarily a male problem, but doctors at the Nebraska Heart Institute say that isn't the case. “Cardiovascular disease is the number one cause of death in both men and women, in particularly in women, we have a half a million women die per year of cardiovascular disease. That comes out to about 1 per minute in the united states.”

Recently, the American Heart Association issued new guidelines for preventing heart disease in women. The guidelines place patients in different categories. According to levels of activity, age, weight, and cholesterol. It then places them according to their individual cardiovascular health. That way, doctors can treat them accordingly.

Join us for the Heart Association's Heart Walk. It's May 15th out at Haymarket Park at 9:00am.

For more information, click onto www.americanheart.org

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