February is American Heart Month, a time when all people can focus on their cardiovascular health.
Did you know?
- Nearly 1 in 2 U.S. adults have hypertension (high blood pressure), yet only about 1 in 4 have it under control
- High blood pressure in adolescents is linked to health issues later in life
- About 58,000 people in Delaware have coronary heart disease
- Heart disease is the number one cause of death of adults in the United States
There are many ways to prevent heart disease and improve heart health, including quitting smoking, eating a well-balanced diet, exercising regularly, and reducing stress levels. High blood pressure is often called the “silent killer”. You might not have symptoms, but it’s a leading risk factor for heart disease and stroke. Monitoring your own blood pressure at home can help you keep your blood pressure under control. And by knowing your risk for high blood pressure, you can take the appropriate steps to lower that risk!