The Friday Five – American Heart Month
According to the American Heart Association (@American_Heart), “heart disease deaths have declined so steadily over the decades that we are eagerly awaiting the day when it is no longer the leading cause of death in the U.S. We’ve already seen the stroke death rate drop – from the No. 3 cause of death in the U.S. to No. 5 over just five years.” However, the latest statistics also show that cardiovascular disease accounts for nearly 836,546 deaths in the US, about 1 of every 3 deaths. February is American Heart Month so this week’s Friday Five focuses on all things heart related, the good, the bad, the helpful and even a heart to heart connection with Olympic Gold Medalist, Shaun White.
February Wellness Wednesday Posts Dedicated to American Heart Month
Each and every Wednesday Healthcare Now Radio’s NursesNOW contributor, Nurse Lauren, shares wellness tips and information usually connected to a current theme or event that is trending at the time. During the entire month of February Nurse Lauren’s Wellness Wednesday posts are all dedicated to heart health in honor of National Heart Month.
— HealthcareNOWradio (@HCNowRadio) February 14, 2018
What the HF?
How much do you know about heart failure? Take this quick quiz from the American Heart Association to test your Heart Failure IQ to find out exactly what you know about the condition. After you complete the quiz be sure to share the quiz about this chronic, progressive condition with friends and family so together with the AHA we can all rise above heart failure!
— American Heart Assoc (@American_Heart) February 15, 2018
There are things you can do to prevent heart disease. According to the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (@nih_nhlbi) heart disease “is largely preventable and there are many things people can do to reduce their risk, such as being more active.” Join the NHLBI and its The Heart Truth® program this year in encouraging Americans to move more and Move with Heart. You should strive for at least 150 minutes (2 ½ hours) each week of physical activity that gets your heart pumping and leaves you a little breathless. There are flexible ways to break it into amounts of daily activity, and even small amounts add up and can have lasting heart health benefits. Take the pledge and get moving!
Physical activity can help prevent #heartdisease. We’ve got some great ideas for how you can #MoveWithHeart for #HeartMonth! Try our 28 Days to a Healthy Heart: https://t.co/epgHFFJYKl pic.twitter.com/u2TbqcgEda
— The Heart Truth (@TheHeartTruth) January 30, 2018
Winter Olympics 2018: Shaun White’s heart condition inspires an army of loyal fans
Shaun White is one of the most successful snowboarders in United States’ history. A two-time gold winner on the snowboarding halfpipe, White is hoping that the 2018 Games in Pyeongchang can serve as a bit of a redemption tour after failing to medal in Sochi’s 2014 Games. CBS Sports reports that, for one group, White doesn’t need any redemption at all. White suffers from a heart condition called Tetralogy of Fallot — which is made up of four congential heart defects — and has undergone three separate operations to repair his heart.
— Rachel Hall (@RMHATC) February 15, 2018
The Best Heart Disease Apps of the Year
We all have things we need to improve about ourselves. Whether it’s eating right, exercising, getting healthy, becoming organized, the list goes on and on. These days when we need help holding ourselves accountable or bettering ourselves in some way we often turn to technology and in particular to apps. There always seems to be “an app for that.” Healthline (@healthline) reviewed and selected various 2017 apps based on their quality, user reviews, and overall reliability as a source of support for people who want to stay on top of their heart health. In addition to Healthline’s apps, be sure to check out the American Heart Association’s Rise Above Heart Failure movement and also their HF Path app and online self management tool that empowers heart failure patients to better manage and live with their condition.
— American Heart Assoc (@American_Heart) February 13, 2018
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