29 Days of Heart: This Leap Year, Take Charge of Your Heart

January 28, 2020

29 Days of Heart: This Leap Year, Take Charge of Your Heart

by Deborah Maes, RN, Director of Emergency Room Los Alamos Medical Center

Leap Year gives you an extra day. But a healthy heart can give you extra years. That’s why we’re celebrating American Heart Month with 29 Days of Heart. For each day in February, you can visit the Los Alamos Medical Center’s Facebook page for an informative article to help you take charge of your heart health.

Why is your heart so deserving of this much attention? Simply put, your heart is one of the most essential parts of your body. It’s one of the hardest working muscles you’ve got – ticking around the clock to keep you going and only taking a break when you relax or sleep. There’s a lot riding on it, so it’s important to think smart when it comes to your heart.

Unfortunately, your heart is also one of the most vulnerable parts of your body. According to the American Heart Association, heart disease is the number one killer of both men and women, with one in four people dying of it each year. In fact, more women die of heart disease than from most cancers combined.

So, it’s important to treat your heart well and do everything you can to ensure that it stays healthy for the long run. Our 29 Days of Heart is packed with tips, ideas, information and more to help you on your heart health journey. There’s so much you can do to take care of your heart, including:

  • Establishing healthy eating habits
  • Engaging in regular physical activity
  • Knowing your family medical history
  • Understanding the warning signs and symptoms of heart attacks
  • Maintaining a healthy weight
  • Staying on top of numbers like cholesterol and blood pressure
  • Ensuring that you’re getting enough sleep and
  • Eliminating excess stress.

29 Days of Heart offers guidance on all of these and more. From recipes and new exercise ideas to essential info on warning signs and fun facts about your heart you may have never known, you won’t want to miss a single day. And if you can’t make it to Los Alamos Medical Center on Facebook every day, don’t worry. You can review past articles when it’s most convenient for you.

So, sharpen the focus on your own health and join us for 29 Days of Heart. Your heart will thank you.