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February Is American Heart Month

Perhaps chose because Valentine’s Day falls within it, February is appropriately National Heart Month in America.

americanheartmonthHeart disease kills an estimated 630,000 Americans each year. It’s the leading cause of death for both men and women. In the United States, the most common type of heart disease is coronary artery disease (CAD), which can lead to a heart attack. In Wisconsin, Heart Disease is the number one cause of death. In 2007, the most current year with data available, there were more than 87,000 hospitalizations for cardiovascular disease in Wisconsin, accounting for approximately $2.8 billion in hospital-related expenditures. CAD accounted for about 32% (14,836) of all deaths (46,117) in Wisconsin. This includes 6,824 deaths due to coronary heart disease, 1,419 to congestive heart failure and 2,632 to stroke.

These are sobering numbers, but you can greatly reduce your risk for CAD through lifestyle changes and, in some cases, medication. You can make healthy changes to lower your risk of developing heart disease. Controlling and preventing risk factors is also important for people who already have heart disease.

• Watch your weight.
• Quit smoking and stay away from secondhand smoke.
• Control your cholesterol and blood pressure.
• If you drink alcohol, drink only in moderation.
• Get active and eat healthy.
• Talk to your doctor about taking aspirin every day if you are a man over the age of 45
• Manage stress.

Men and Heart Disease: Quick Facts

  • In 2007, heart disease was the cause of death in 309,821 American men.
  • The average age for a first heart attack for men is 66 years.
  • Almost half of men who have a heart attack under age 65 die within 8 years.
  • Between 70% and 89% of sudden cardiac events occur in men.

For more information and facts about men and heart disease, visit the Men and Heart Disease Fact Sheet.

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About K9vin

I have been a volunteer for the humane treatment of animals in the Milwaukee area for 10 years as well as our parks system including founding the friends group for off-leash dog parks and a volunteer for The Park People. I was born in and raised near Milwaukee and have pride in the city. I want to be one of the people always striving to make Milwaukee better, starting with getting other men involved in their community.

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2 thoughts on “February Is American Heart Month

  1. I am a Milwaukee-based distributor of emergency defibrillators, as well as a certified CPR instructor. I have found that most people are still afraid of using a defib on a victim even though it saves lives. These devices are so user friendly and very affordable that I see individuals purchasing for their boat, camper, cottage and home. I’d be happy to address any questions or concerns that you may have regarding teh purchase and use of a defibrillator and just how important they are in saving a life of a friend, family member, co-worker, or stranger.

    Posted by Dave Rusch | January 30, 2012, 3:25 pm

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