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Heart Health Education During American Heart Month

Photo courtesy of Methodist Healthcare

On Monday, February 12, Amy Montgomery, a representative from the Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation Center at Methodist Hospital | Hill Country, addressed the Gillespie County Retired Teachers Association at the Golden Hub in Fredericksburg. The presentation covered educational information, history, and resources regarding heart health, coinciding with American Heart Month, which was first proclaimed in 1964 by President Lyndon B. Johnson.

Heart disease remains the leading cause of death in the United States, with coronary heart disease (CHD) being the most common form. CHD occurs when the coronary arteries, responsible for supplying blood to the heart, become narrowed or blocked due to the buildup of plaque.

Risk Factors

Risk factors for heart disease include high cholesterol, high blood pressure, smoking, diabetes, obesity, lack of physical activity, and an unhealthy diet. Age and family history also play a role in determining one's susceptibility to heart disease.

However, there are proactive steps individuals can take to reduce their risk, such as adopting a heart-healthy diet rich in vegetables, fruits, whole grains, and lean proteins, while also managing portion sizes and limiting salt intake.

In the event of a suspected heart attack, it's crucial to call 9-1-1 immediately.

Major symptoms of a heart attack

  • Chest pain or discomfort. Most heart attacks involve discomfort in the center or left side of the chest that lasts for more than a few minutes, or that goes away and comes back. The discomfort can feel like uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness, or pain.
  • Feeling weak, light-headed, or faint. You may also break out into a cold sweat.
  • Pain or discomfort in the jaw, neck, or back.
  • Pain or discomfort in one or both arms or shoulders.
  • Shortness of breath. This often comes along with chest discomfort, but shortness of breath also can happen before chest discomfort.
  • Other symptoms of a heart attack could include unusual or unexplained tiredness and nausea or vomiting. Women are more likely to have these other symptoms.

Research shows children and youth are increasingly at risk for CAD, according to the American Heart Association (AHA).

Dr. Galindo noted, “Healthy habits created early in life can have greater life benefits and delay the progression of CAD. Dr. Galindo calls for everyone to take action for your heart this February. Protect your heart for your family, loved ones, and friends. We all know nothing hurts like a broken heart.”

As February unfolds, the call to action resonates: protect your heart for yourself and your loved ones. With awareness, education, and proactive measures, the impact of heart disease can be mitigated, fostering healthier communities for generations to come.

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