Heart disease is the leading cause of death in Wisconsin. According to Wisconsin’s Department of Health Services, heart disease refers to conditions that affect the heart functioning and blood flow to it. The most common type of heart disease is coronary artery disease (or coronary heart disease). This occurs when the arteries that supply blood to the heart harden and narrow, resulting in less blood flow to the heart, and is the usual cause of heart attacks.
Together we can help change the outcomes for individuals in our community. All community partners can help by spreading awareness and providing resources that aid in the prevention of heart disease.
Help us raise awareness by wearing red on National Wear Red Day Friday, February 5th. Consider hosting a Jeans Day at work and donating proceeds to the American Heart Association. Take pictures and upload them to social media using #WearRedandGive.
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From the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) – American Heart Month
The best thing anyone can do for their health is to know their numbers! To lower one’s risk of cardiovascular disease, one must manage their health behaviors and risk factors, such as diet quality, physical activity, smoking, body mass index (BMI), blood pressure, total cholesterol or blood glucose.
Do you Know Your Numbers? Many of these factors can be determined with your primary care provider on an annual basis. Some worksites also offer biometric screening and blood tests for employees. Learn what health numbers are important and the healthy ranges with our Know Your Numbers Guide. You may also find our Know Your Numbers Log handy to keep track of your information and compare them from year to year.
- American Heart Association’s Healthy For Good infographics
- Heart Healthy Essentials for Meal Prep
- Ingredientes esenciales para la preparación de comidas saludables para el corazón