heart disease and stroke are the number one cause of death in the United States

The fact that so many of these deaths are preventable is why, this month, we really focus on how to have a healthy heart. 

 "Life's Simple 7" list, from The American Heart Association and The American Stroke Association, contains health conditions that, if not avoided or managed, are known to increase the risk for both heart disease and stroke. 

               Avoid  "Life's Simple 7"

               Avoid  "Life's Simple 7"


1. Smoking – increases blood pressure, narrows arteries, and stresses the heart

2. Physical Inactivity – not engaging in recommended amounts of daily physical activity

3. Nutrition – not following healthy eating pattern choices

4. Overweight/Obesity – abnormal BMI (body mass index)

5. Cholesterol – elevated LDL, low HDL, elevated triglycerides

6. High Blood Pressure – blood pressure elevated above normal limits

7. Diabetes Mellitus – blood glucose elevated above normal limits




Follow a healthy daily eating pattern, e.g. Mediterranean style of eating

Maintain a healthy weight for your age, height, gender, and physical activity level

Choose a variety of whole grains, vegetables, fruits, lean protein sources, and low-fat dairy

Consume healthy fats such as monounsaturated, polyunsaturated, and omega-3s

Limit added sugars, unhealthy saturated fats, sodium, and sugary beverages

Use appropriate serving sizes of all foods and beverages by reading nutrition labels

Quit smoking

Engage in regular physical activity most days

Manage your stress

Maintain healthy blood pressure, LESS than 120 over 80

Maintain normal blood glucose, e.g. Fasting blood glucose, non-diabetic = LESS than 100 mg/dL

Stay Young at Heart with this video

Healthy Heart Resources

American Heart Association http://newsroom.heart.org/events/february-is-american-heart-month-5712350

Healthfinder.gov provides wonderful health related resources for the public and professionals. Here is a link to their American Heart Month Share These Resources area that includes healthy topics, personal health tools, and other items https://healthfinder.gov/nho/FebruaryToolkit.aspx#links

Click below to see how you can increase or improve your activity!

Click the button to view and download this great resource from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: National Institutes of Health, and National Heart Lung and Blood Institute