February: the month devoted to matters of the heart: Love and … health. Yes, heart health. We all know that Valentine’s Day falls on February 14th, but did you know that February is also National Heart Health Month, dedicated to both raising awareness of heart disease and raising money for heart health research? Proclamation 3566 was formally dedicated by President Lyndon Johnson in 1964.
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Learn the FACTS:
Give yourself the perfect Valentine’s Day gift this year. Commit to “Live each day with a strong heart” by taking just a few simple steps:
- Step 1: Learn the truth about heart disease and women. Check out this blog for the Myths & Facts about Heart Disease: https://myheartsisters.org/about-women-and-heart-disease/myths-facts/
- Step 2: Exercise: Click here to get tips for a customized heart healthy exercise plan, including yoga:
- Step 3: Eat Right: Click here for tips from celebrity chefs for heart-healthy cooking.
- Step 4: Laugh each and every day! The expression “laughter is the best medicine” is nothing to laugh about! It’s true! Research shows that there is a decrease in stress hormones, a reduction in artery inflammation and an increase in HDL, or the “good” cholesterol when we laugh. Dr. Suzanne Steinbaum, cardiologist and director of women and heart disease at the New York City Lenox Hill Hospital said, “Once you start laughing, it forces you to feel better,” said Dr. Steinbaum, who is also a spokeswoman for the American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women movement. An added bonus: the positive effects of a good chuckle have been found to last 24 hours. Now that’s the kind of medicine we love!