May is High Blood Pressure Education Month AND American Stroke Month: Hoy Health Offers Tips to Improve Heart Health
To prevent heart disease and increase awareness, Hoy Health is proudly recognizing High Blood Pressure Education Month and American Stroke Month
Author: Hilton Perez, M.D., MBA-HA, B.S., M.T. (ASCP), Chief Clinical Officer, Hoy Health
High blood pressure is a serious condition that can lead to coronary heart disease, heart failure, stroke, kidney failure and other health problems. The focus of High Blood Pressure Education Month is to increase awareness about the prevention and treatment of this life-threatening condition.
Every 40 seconds someone in America has a stroke. Diseases of heart and stroke rank as the #1 killer of Latino Americans. Fortunately, stroke is also largely preventable, treatable and beatable. American Stroke Month aims to help end stroke by heightening public awareness of stroke warning signs and risk factors.
Cardiovascular disease, including heart disease and stroke, remains the leading global cause of death with more than 17.9 million deaths each year. That number is expected to rise to more than 23.6 million by 2030.
These awareness campaigns make the month of May an ideal time for all American to focus on their heart health and become more involved in encouraging families, friends and neighbors to do the same.
What Hispanic Americans Needs to Know About Heart Disease
Hispanic and Latino Americans face higher risks of heart disease than White Americans due to higher rates of high blood pressure, obesity and diabetes.
- Among Mexican-American adults, 33 percent of men and 31 percent of women have cardiovascular disease.
- Cardiovascular disease causes more deaths for Hispanic Americans than all forms of cancer combined.
- Hispanic women are significantly less aware than white women that cardiovascular disease is their leading cause of death.
Take Charge of Your Heart Health
Although these statistics paint a troubling picture, you can do three simple things to reduce your risk for heart disease, starting today:
- Know your risk factors. Although you can’t change your age or heredity, there are many other risk factors for heart disease that you can control.
- Talk to your doctor and bring a list of questions and a heart health scorecard to help assess your risk for heart disease.
- Make simple, healthy lifestyle changes to lower your risk of heart disease:
- Watch your weight
- Quit smoking and stay away from secondhand smoke
- Control your cholesterol and blood pressure
- If you drink alcohol, drink only in moderation
- Get active and eat healthy
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