Roses are red, violets are blue, I love you and your ticker too! So, Shakespeare, it isn’t. But what better time than February – a cold month of warm thoughts and valentines – to devote some TLC to that wondrous fist-sized engine that enables us to love, laugh, play and enjoy life … our hearts? That’s why the American Heart Association has designated February as American Heart Month.
Our hearts beat about 100,000 times daily, sending about 2,000 gallons of blood coursing through our bodies. Yet most of us take this miracle for granted—until trouble strikes. And, unfortunately, trouble strikes far more often than most people think. Coronary heart disease is America’s No. 1 killer—even among women.
The fact is—cardiovascular disease kills more than 500,000 women a year–twice the number of all forms of cancer combined. And the toll is even higher for minorities, people with type 2 diabetes, and women past menopause. Cardiac arrest tends to strike immediately and without warning. Yet studies show that most women remain dangerously unaware of their risk from heart disease. Worse, few doctors raise the issue.
The good news: A healthier lifestyle can help fend off this killer. Obesity is now recognized as a major risk factor for coronary heart disease, which can lead to heart attack. In addition to its other well-known dangers—cancer, joint pain, and gallstones—obesity seriously harms the heart and blood vessel system. Being overweight – even by just 10 to 15 pounds – can lead to health problems. That’s why the American Heart Association encourages people to achieve and maintain a healthy weight for life.
What’s the best way to do that? Weight loss support—such as the kind you get from a physician or weight loss center—is one of the most effective ways to lose weight and keep it off. Reaching and maintaining a healthy weight is a complex, lifelong process that requires many physical, emotional and behavioral changes. Weight loss professionals can provide a wide range of support for these needs, from goal setting to meal planning to fitness and medical advice to counseling.
Celebrate the month of love by taking better care of your heart. Call EverSlim, Weight Management Services at 417-883-7546 for information on heart-healthy programs near you. Because, as the old song goes, “ya gotta have a heart”– and it’s gotta be healthy.