Did you know that heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women in the United States? In Franklin County, 6.7% adults aged 18 and older have heart disease, per the 2015 Summit Health Community Health Needs Assessment and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that, in the United States, someone has a heart attack every 40 seconds.
Risk factors for heart disease include high blood pressure, high LDL cholesterol, and smoking. The CDC has found that about half of all Americans have at least one of these three risk factors. Several other medical conditions and lifestyle choices that also increase risk for heart disease include having diabetes, being overweight or obese, living a sedentary lifestyle, and excessively using alcohol.
At Summit Health, we want to inspire hope for a healthier heart! Take steps towards a healthier heart by getting regular physical activity, monitoring your blood pressure, and choosing low sodium foods. If you do experience heart trouble, Summit Cardiology is here to provide prevention services, diagnostic tests, and treatment options for our heart patients.
Check out the following resources for upcoming free heart health events in February 2019, education, and information. Together, we can inspire hope for a healthier heart!
Prevention & Awareness
Find out more about what you can do to prevent heart disease here.
This video takes a closer look at steps you can take to avoid heart disease like getting regular physical activity.
Do you know the major signs and symptoms of a heart attack? Read more here and be prepared.
The CDC has found that most adults eat more sodium than they should-an average of more than 3,4000 mg each day. Look at this handout to learn more about high sources of sodium in your diet.
Know Your Numbers
You can take control of high blood pressure. Learn how, here.
Do you know which numbers are important to know for heart health? Find out more.
What's your heart's age? This number reflects the age of your heart and blood vessels based on your risk factors. Learn your heart age here.
Cholesterol is something that needs to be monitored just like blood pressure for heart health. Check out more information about cholesterol.
Connect & Find Support
Want to learn to shop healthy? Take part in our next free Grocery Store Tour.
Sign up for one of our free community yoga sessions this month for heart month.
Join us for a heart healthy cooking demo followed by a seminar led by Dr. Arshad Safi. Learn more
Award-winning heart care is right here at home when you need it at Summit Cardiology.