KINGSTON, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — It’s a leap year, so you have one extra day to live well in 2024. But what if you could take big steps toward better health for the rest of your life?
Be smart by taking care of your heart. February is American Heart Month a time when everyone is encouraged to focus on their cardiovascular health.
Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States, and many people have risk factors they might not be aware of.
According to the CDC, about half of all Americans have at least one of three key risk factors for heart disease, including high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and smoking.
“We do have an older population, and we also have a very high rate of heart disease and related problems even in younger people, and everything we can do to minimize that as a problem, the more benefit it will be to the population as a whole,” said Bradley Fenster, M.D., Ph.D., FSCAI, Commonwealth Health Physician Network, Interventional Cardiology.
For a second year, Commonwealth Health is launching its “Leap Into Heart Health” educational campaign.
Topics include ways to spring into action, hurdle over harmful habits, and other steps anyone can take toward a stronger, healthier heart.
“Signs to watch for, what kind of lifestyle changes to make, diet to follow, what sort of exercise program,” added Dr. Fenster.
All of these small, heart-healthy actions can have a big impact.
“Diet and exercise sort of go hand-in-hand in terms of keeping your overall health, including your heart health, in a place where you want it,” continued Dr. Fenster.
The “Leap Into Heart Health” program is a digital series sent directly to your email.