American Heart Month

What is the history of American Heart Month? What are the goals? Learn facts, information, and actions here.

Every year, over 600,000 Americans die from heart disease, the leading cause of death in the United States. Recognizing the significance of heart health for people of all genders, ethnicities, and ages, February is dedicated to raising awareness through American Heart Month.

History of American Heart Month

In 1964, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the first proclamation of February as American Heart Month, as one of the millions of people in the nation who had heart attacks. Since then, the United States has aimed to understand risk factors for heart disease and get informed and educated on how living a heart-healthy lifestyle is a vital part of practicing self-care.

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The goals of American Heart Month in 2024

American Heart Month 2024 aims to reinforce the importance of heart health, urging increased research and support to help millions live healthier and longer lives. The collaboration with the American Heart Association and other institutions seeks to address ongoing challenges and promote preventive measures against heart disease.

Without a doubt, every single person deserves the chance to live a healthy life. The AHA is fully committed to promoting cardiovascular health for all and is confident in our ability to identify and eliminate any barriers that may stand in the way of accessing quality healthcare by 2024.

Facts about heart health in America

  • One of every five heart attacks happens without the patient even knowing it.

  • Women may experience different symptoms of a heart attack than men.

  • Young women under 50 are at greater risk of developing heart disease than men of the same age.

  • Symptoms of a heart attack often include arm and back pain, fatigue, nausea, and shortness of breath.

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How to observe American Heart Month

American Heart Month motivates the community to explore their health habits and risks. It is a perfect time to promote heart disease education, including awareness of the risk factors and how to reduce them. Heart disease can affect anyone at any time. There are some actions to take to observe heart health, such as:

  • Stay active to maintain a healthy cardiovascular system.
  • Choose a heart-healthy habit like walking or jogging.
  • Ask your doctor to run a test to check your cholesterol levels.
  • Make dietary adjustments if needed.

National Wear Red Day on February 2, 2024

National Wear Red Day, observed on the first Friday of the month, falling on February 2, 2024, encourages individuals to wear red attire to raise awareness about cardiovascular disease. The initiative, supported by the AHA, emphasizes the need to save lives by promoting awareness. The key message is that losing even one woman to cardiovascular disease is one too many.

We put every effort into addressing the overall health of our patients and communities.. As healthcare professionals, we can help patients with heart diseases and people willing to improve their heart health. Let us unite in wearing red on National Wear Red Day and throughout the month to contribute to the ongoing efforts to save lives and build a healthier, heart-conscious community.

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