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American Heart Month 2021: 15 Reasons to Love Your Heart [Infographic]

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American Heart Month occurs every February to raise awareness about heart health and encourage individuals, families, and communities to make small changes in their everyday lives to prevent heart disease.

Are you showing your heart enough love? February is American Heart Month 2021. And it’s time to reflect on your heart-healthy habits.

Heart health is the key to living a long and healthy life, so you can celebrate heart health month until you hit 100 (or even older!). If you’re looking for ways to celebrate this year’s heart health month, check these out:

  • Sport red apparel on National Wear Red Day on Friday, Feb. 5 
  • Donate to the American Heart Association
  • Share some heart love by sharing this article on social media using #heartmonth, #heartmonth2021, and #wearredday2021

Heart Facts for American Hearth Month 2021

If Cupid’s shot you straight through the heart, it’s not too late. Get to know AND LOVE — your favorite organ.

If Cupid’s shot you straight through the heart, it’s not too late. Get to know AND LOVE — your favorite organ with these 15 Reasons to Love Your Heart and celebrate American Heart Month 2021.

And remember to appreciate your heart all year long. American Heart Month 2021 is a time to consider your lifestyle and make some necessary changes. 

Here are 8 Reasons to Show Your Heart Some Love

1. You’ll Live Longer

One of the best reasons to celebrate American Heart Month 2021 is because a healthy heart will help you live longer! Heart illnesses kill more people than other chronic diseases. Of all of them, heart disease is the most preventable. The secret to a longer life is taking care of your heart. When you notice any of the risk factors for heart illnesses, starting medication is the best way to go.

2. Save on Medical Costs

The US spends more than $219 billion annually on heart-related medical emergencies. Your medical bills are more likely to keep on piling up each time you pay for heart medication and doctor’s visits. You cannot avoid seeking treatment for a weak heart. The best way to prevent such a situation is by preventing heart disease altogether. Your money can then go to finance other things in your life, such as retirement.

3. Retain Your Hearing

The older you grow, the more you start losing your hearing. Researchers now link hearing loss to heart disease and its risk factors. If you want to protect your hearing, it may be best to start with protecting your blood vessels. Meaning, you should begin taking better care of your heart.

4. Protect Your Brain

When you risk your heart, you risk your brain as well. You are more likely to develop changes to your brain when you experience a heart attack or stroke. The changes may even lead to Alzheimer’s disease or other brain-related illnesses. Protect your brain by loving your heart and take every necessary precaution to ensure that your brain is healthy.

5. Maintain Good Health

Think of your heart as the power behind your body. The healthier you keep your heart, the healthier your overall health. Your body can benefit from a heart-healthy lifestyle. Plus, you can prevent more chronic conditions like Type 2 Diabetes.

6. Maintain Cognitive Function

Research shows the better the heart health, the bigger their brain is. When you take better care of your heart, you prevent your brain from shrinking in the future. A shrinking brain can impact you in numerous ways, including lowering your cognitive functions. If you want better brain health as you age, take extra care of your heart.

7. Enjoy a Vibrant Sex Life

Research shows that not taking good care of your heart can negatively affect your sex life. Poor heart health, risk factors of heart illnesses, and the effects of both can lead to a shorter sex life than you would like. Fatigue from having a weak heart is enough to dull your sex life, including risk factors like overweight. You may enjoy sex for longer if you give your heart a little more love.

8. You’ll Feel Better

Anyone suffering from heart disease would tell you getting around is no longer comfortable nor manageable. A weak heart’s signs and symptoms, such as shortness of breath and fatigue, are common as well. Sure, medications may help. Still, you can avoid this in the future by starting to take care of your heart now. It’s never too late to maintain a healthy weight, eat well, and exercise regularly.

Love Your Heart

American Heart Month reminds us we need to love our hearts. Loving your heart implies increasing your efforts to take care of it. It’s an essential organ, after all. A healthy heart will ensure you live a healthier and less stressful life. 

Let’s not ignore the collaborative work of allied health professionals who combine their efforts to provide a better health delivery system. They make up 60 percent of practitioners in medicine and support patients’ wellbeing any way they can.

If you’re interested in training for a medical career in Texas, the medical training programs at SCI may be just the thing for you. Contact us today to jumpstart your career as a medical professional with Southern Careers Institute.

This article was published on: 01/22/21 12:01 PM

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