National Heart Month
February 19, 2016
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February is known for the hearts and flowers that come with Valentine's Day, so it is fitting that February is also American Heart Month. Cardiovascular disease, which includes heart disease, stroke and high blood pressure, is the #1 killer of both men and women in the U.S. (Center for Disease Control and Prevention). In fact, it costs the nation over $300 billion each year, according to the CDC, to cover the costs of health care, medication and lost productivity of those affected. As podiatrists, we know how important is it to care for the whole body to allow our patients to lead active, healthy lives. We feel it is important to not only educate our patients about the health of their feet, but also other medical conditions that may be affecting their overall heath. Raising awareness of cardiovascular disease is the first step towards a solution. Below, we have listed some of the main risk factors for heart disease:

1. High blood pressure

2. High cholesterol

3. Smoking

4. Diabetes

Almost half of Americans have at least one of these four risk factors. Several other medical conditions and lifestyle choices can also put people at a higher risk for heart disease, including: obesity, a poor diet, physical inactivity, and excessive alcohol use. It is important to take early action steps towards healthier lifestyle choices as well as, being aware of the risk factors that you have in your own life so you can stay healthy, happy, and on your feet! (