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Are You Doing Your Part for Your Heart?
February 24, 2009
February is winding down. The groundhog saw his shadow, so winter will be hanging around a little longer than we all hoped. Valentine’s Day has come and gone (perhaps a relief for some?). Not much else happens in February…with the exception of American Heart Month.
In 1963, Congress required the president to designate February as American Heart Month. Heart disease is the number one cause of death in this country, followed by cancer and stroke. Heart disease can lead to a heart attack, angina, heart failure, and heart arrhythmia. Other conditions can stem from having heart disease, such as high blood pressure and peripheral vascular disease. And we’ve discussed in previous posts how people with diabetes are already at higher risk for heart disease.
Now, this isn’t about doom and gloom. Instead, in the remaining days of February, maybe this is the time to focus on your heart (and blood vessels) and ask yourself if you’re doing what you can to keep this vital organ as healthy as possible. You could liken it to getting an inspection sticker for your car, or getting your oil burner cleaned. OK, that may sound silly, but when you have diabetes, you focus so much on your daily self-care activities (checking blood glucose, taking your pills or insulin, counting carbs…) that it’s easy to overlook other things.
Checklist for Heart Health
Get your lipid profile at target. Here’s how:
Know the signs and symptoms of a heart attack:
Better to be safe than sorry: Call 911 or have someone call for you if you think you might be having a heart attack.
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