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 Do You Know: Is Your Heart Really Healthy?

Can you answer the question is your heart really healthy? February is American Heart Health Month. According to the American Heart Association, heart disease is the number one killer for all Americans. The sad thing is that the risks are higher for African Americans. The most common conditions that lead to heart disease are diabetes, high blood pressure and obesity. These are all avoidable conditions with proper diet and exercise.

What is Heart disease?

Coronary heart disease is the most common form of heart disease. It is a disorder of the blood vessels of the heart that can lead to a heart attack. A heart attack happens when an artery becomes blocked, preventing oxygen and nutrients from getting to the heart. I recently found out that someone in one of my Facebook groups lost her 13 year old daughter due to a heart attack. The young lady was obese and lived a sedentary lifestyle. This is so sad but becoming way to common because physical education has been taken out of schools and children are glued to their technology, computer, smartphones, game systems instead of getting outside and exercising.

Risk Factors for Heart Disease – these habits increase the chances of developing a disease or having it worsen

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