Protect Your Heart!
Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women. To prevent heart disease and increase awareness of its effects, Freedom Insurance Agency, Inc wants you to know February is American Heart Month. Heart disease is the number one cause of death here in Maryland, accounting for almost 11,000 deaths annually. Our state has the 17th highest death rate from cardiovascular disease in the nation, with coronary heart disease and stroke most prevalent among Maryland adults aged 55.
Fortunately, heart disease is both preventable and manageable. Making a few lifestyle changes can greatly improve your health and keep your cardiovascular system strong. Carroll County Hospital Center is celebrating National Heart Month with a series of events to show you how, including:
Living With Heart Failure — Thursday, February 25th 1 – 2 p.m. and 6 – 7 p.m. Shauck Auditorium
Both are free. Registration is required. Call 410-871-7000 to register.
Zumba® Heart Party — Monday, February 29th.. Y in Central Maryland Hill Family Center
Seated massage: 6 – 8 p.m.
Blood pressure screenings: 6 – 8 p.m.
Zumba® Class: 7 – 8 p.m.
All are free. Registration is required. Call 410-871-7000 to register.
Check the Carroll County Hospital website for a complete list of Heart Healthy events.
There are healthy changes you can make to lower your risk of developing heart disease. Controlling and preventing risk factors is also important for people who already have heart disease. Here are some things you can do to lower your risk of a heart attack or stroke.
- 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.
The American Heart Association is a non-profit organization in the United States that fosters appropriate cardiac care in an effort to reduce disability and deaths caused by cardiovascular disease and stroke. To find more, click here to visit them on the web.
Friday, February 5th is National Wear Red Day. Wear something red to show your support for heart disease awareness!
The folks at Freedom Insurance Agency, Inc. care about your well-being and want you to have a healthy heart!