CANCER IS a dreaded and ravenous disease. It has touched almost every family in some fashion.
With that said, it may come as a surprise that cancer takes a back seat to heart disease as the nation's deadliest killer. Some 715,000 people experience heart attacks every year and heart disease kills more than 600,000 Americans annually.
Those staggering numbers come to the forefront this month, as February is American Heart Health Month. It is a time when the American Heart Association wants Americans to be educated about the most important muscle and organ in their body ... the heart.
Heart health should not be isolated to just this month, but rather it should be a daily undertaking, especially here in the Ohio Valley.
Heart disease in our area ranks high when measured against other sections of the country.
Moreover, an estimated 785,000 Americans have a new coronary attack each year, while approximately 470,000 had a recurrent attack. Those numbers should serve as a signal that proper heart health cannot be taken lightly.
Becoming more heart healthy is never too late.
A well-thought out game plan can go a long way in reducing the risk of a heart attack or the recurrence of one.
The American Heart Association touts seven simple tips to aid the cause.
They are: Exercise, controlling cholesterol, a healthier diet, managing your blood pressure, losing weight, reducing your blood sugar and smoking cessation. Smoking is a major enemy of the heart and also reduces a person's inability to take part in needed physical activity.
We encourage everyone to follow the seven aforementioned steps to a healthier heart, leading to a longer and more physically fit life.