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Give Your Heart Some Love this Month

Give Your Heart Some Love this Month

February 26, 2024

Give Your Heart Some Love this Month

Taking care of your heart is important at any age, but especially as you grow older. That’s because your heart is a muscle, and like other muscles it can weaken over time. When that happens, it becomes harder to pump oxygen-rich blood throughout your body. Fortunately, there are things you can do to not only reverse certain types of damage but prevent it in the first place.1 And there’s no better time to give your heart some love than during American Heart Month, which is celebrated annually in February.

8 ways to pump up your heart health. 

The American Heart Association has compiled the following list of “Life’s Essential 8” measures for improving and maintaining cardiovascular health to help lower the risk for heart disease, stroke, and other major health problems.2

  1. Add more whole foods, such as fruits, vegetables, lean protein, nuts, and seeds to your diet.
  2. Increase activity to reach the recommended 2 ½ hours of moderate or 75 minutes of vigorous physical activity per week.
  3. Quit tobacco. The use of inhaled nicotine delivery products (cigarettes, e-cigarettes, and vaping) is the leading cause of preventable death in the United States.
  4. Get healthy sleep. Most adults need 7-9 hours of sleep each night to promote healing, improve brain function, and reduce the risk for chronic diseases.
  5. Manage weight. Consult with a healthcare professional to determine the weight range that’s considered healthy for you and tips to help you achieve and maintain your goal.
  6. Control cholesterol. High cholesterol contributes to a higher risk of cardiovascular diseases. That’s why it’s important to have your cholesterol tested regularly, so you know your levels.
  7. Manage blood sugar. Most of the food we eat is turned into glucose (or blood sugar) that our bodies use as energy. Over time, elevated levels can damage your heart, kidneys, eyes, and nerves.
  8. Keep blood pressure in check. Keeping your blood pressure within acceptable ranges can keep you healthier longer. Healthcare professionals can provide recommendations for managing it over time.

In 2024, American Heart Month is focused on the impact of heart disease on women. According to the CDC, nearly half of U.S. women do not recognize that heart disease is the leading cause of death for women. For resources, information, and ways to get involved in community events, volunteer opportunities, CRP classes, and more during American Heart Month, visit the American Heart Association at

1) ”What Happens to Your Heart as You Age?”, 7 APR 2023,
2) “Life’s Essential 8.”, Accessed 29 JAN 2024.
3) “American Heart Month 2024 Toolkits.” Accessed 29 JAN 2024.

This information was written by KRW Creative Concepts, a non-affiliate of the broker-dealer.

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