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February Is Heart Month

Published in Heart & Vascular, For the Health of It

Heart disease remains a large health concern for many Americans. But there are things you can do to lower your risk.

February is a time to recognize the importance of heart health. Review the resources and articles below to learn how you may be able to save a life, improve your diet and exercise habits and more.

Recent Blogs:

Bystander CPR May Make the Difference in Saving a Life
By Edward Martin-Chaffee, MD

During the first quarter of a Monday Night Football game on Jan. 2, Buffalo Bills player Damar Hamlin collapsed on the field after making a tackle. Hamlin “suffered a cardiac arrest following a hit in our game versus the Bengals.”

The Bills’ assistant athletic trainer Denny Kellington was on the field moments after Hamlin collapsed, giving CPR and chest compressions. Hamlin’s story serves as a good reminder for all of us to know what to do if anyone collapses and needs life-saving care. Read more

Eating Heart Healthy While on a Budget Can Go Hand in Hand
By Danielle Armbrust, RDN, LD

Adapting to a heart healthy diet is a great way to keep your grocery budget in check. Here are five key points in a heart healthy diet that are also budget friendly. Learn more

Improve Heart Health With Furry Friends
By Alexa Herbst, MS, ACSM-CEP, Exercise Physiologist, CentraCare Heart & Vascular Center

Dogs are a motivator for people to get out of the house and exercise. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, having a pet can help to lower blood pressure, cholesterol and triglycerides. Pet ownership also has been shown to decrease stress, ease anxiety and improve mood. Find out more