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The original item was published from February 14, 2023 12:09 PM to February 14, 2023 12:18 PM
Take a moment and clasp your hands in front of you.
Your clasped hands are about the size of your heart, the organ that beats more than 100,000 times a day to keep blood pumping through roughly 60,000 miles of blood vessels in your body.
The heart has a tough job, and often a thankless one. Let’s face it – most of us don’t always show our hearts as much care as they deserve.
For nearly a century, heart disease has been the top cause of death in the U.S., according to the CDC.
There are a variety of factors at play. We know that hypertension (high blood pressure), diabetes, obesity, and high cholesterol are some of the major risk factors. A number of heart problems or risk factors can be inherited.
We also know that heart issues can be a silent killer.
The CDC estimates that 1 in 3 adults with high blood pressure don’t know they have it and are not taking steps to treat it. U.S. data also show that Black adults face a heavier burden of cardiovascular disease than white adults. And undiagnosed hypertension can be especially dangerous for pregnant women, contributing to complications during pregnancy and birth.
That all sounds a bit doom and gloomy, which admittedly isn’t good for the heart since mental and emotional stress puts strain on your body, too.
So let’s talk about the positives.
There are a lot of ways to show your heart some love. Here are eight ideas you can use right now – or as soon as you’re ready – to improve your heart health.
Every step toward a healthier heart matters, and every day is a new opportunity to take those steps.
Here’s to happy, healthy hearts in Snohomish County.
Thanks for reading.
Snohomish County Health Department staff pose on Valentine's Day 2023 for Heart Health awareness