February is American Heart Month and the USC Center for Work and Family Life (CWFL) is offering some tips and information to help keep you heart-healthy.
What to know about heart health
- Each year, over 600,000 Americans die due to heart disease, which is the leading cause of death for most groups, and it affects all ages, genders, and ethnicities.
- American Heart Month holds even more importance presently due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the public’s heart health, with many individuals forgoing or avoiding hospital care for heart attack and stroke symptoms.
Heart health in the age of COVID-19
- COVID-19 most commonly affects the lungs but can also lead to serious heart problems.
- Lung damage caused by COVID-19 prevents oxygen from reaching the heart muscle, damaging the heart tissue and preventing it from getting oxygen to other tissues.
Maintaining a healthy heart
- Eat a healthy diet.
- Quit smoking.
- Maintain a healthy weight.
- Control blood sugar
- Engage in physical activity with at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity.
- Managing your cholesterol and blood pressure.
- Have regular checkups with your primary care physician.
If you have any questions or would like more information, email Julie Chobdee, Health & Well-Being Program Manager, at Jchobdee@usc.edu.