Mid-State Health Encourages You to Get Smart About Your Heart

Feb 20, 2024 | News

Getting blood pressure taken at Mid-State Health Center, Plymouth, NH

As February comes to a close, Mid-State Health Center joins the nation in recognizing American Heart Month, a time to raise awareness about heart health and the prevention of heart disease. Mid-State wants to remind you to prioritize your heart health this month and educate yourself about the warning signs and symptoms of heart disease, as well as the preventive measures you can take.

Heart disease remains the leading cause of death in the United States, with one in five deaths attributed to it, despite being largely preventable. Understanding the causes of heart disease, identifying risk factors, and learning how to mitigate those risks are crucial steps in making informed decisions to safeguard your heart and promote its strength.

While chest pain and discomfort are well-known symptoms of heart issues, it’s important to remain vigilant for other potential indicators, such as shortness of breath, pain in areas like the jaw, neck, or back, swelling in the extremities, and sensations of pain, weakness, numbness, or coldness in the arms and legs.

Heart disease often presents with subtle or easily overlooked symptoms. High blood pressure, often referred to as the silent killer, may not exhibit symptoms but significantly elevates the risk of heart disease and stroke. Monitoring blood pressure at home can be a proactive measure for maintaining heart health, along with adopting a heart-healthy diet and engaging in regular physical activity.

Promoting heart health begins with embracing a heart-healthy lifestyle. Adopting a balanced diet rich in fruits, vegetables, and fish while limiting the intake of sweets and unhealthy fats can greatly contribute to heart health. Additionally, regular exercise and maintaining a healthy weight play pivotal roles in preventing heart disease. Furthermore, reducing alcohol consumption and quitting smoking are essential steps toward maintaining cardiovascular health.

Every individual has the ability to take action to protect themselves against heart disease. Simple, heart-healthy habits like incorporating more movement into daily routines and making nutritious food choices can yield significant benefits for heart health… and staying up to date with your regular appointments!

For inquiries about maintaining heart health, or get up to date with your regular screenings, contact Mid-State Health Center at 603-536-4000, or visit us at midstatehealth.org.