February has been federally designated as Heart Health Awareness Month, when the nation shines light on ways communities can be aware of their heart health and learn ways to lower their risk of heart disease. Learning to live a heart-healthy lifestyle is a top priority in Indian Country specifically because heart disease is the leading cause of death among American Indians and Alaskan Natives.
Heart disease, with coronary heart disease being most common, causes heart attacks. However, taking preventative measures can lower your risk of developing heart disease and improve your overall health and well-being.
Below is a list of risk factors for heart disease. Although some cannot be controlled, such as age, sex or family history, keep in mind that heart disease is still a preventable disease.
Immediate steps can be taken to lower one’s risk of developing heart disease.
Please note that these risk factors and steps to prevent heart disease are not an exact guide for every person. We encourage you to examine your current lifestyle and begin making a plan for yourself and your family. Local professionals are available to guide you in the right direction if necessary.
Keep an eye out for a resource guide later this week that will help you examine your current lifestyle and ways to create a plan of action to prevent heart disease!