Thursday, February 11, 2016

Share the Love During Heart Health Month

February 14 is Valentine’s Day - a day to celebrate love in its many forms. But did you know that nearly 50 years ago, February was designated as American Heart Month? During this month, we raise awareness about the risks for heart disease, as well as healthy lifestyle changes that can reduce cardiovascular risks and promote healthy hearts.

Given that February is dedicated to celebrating love, caring, and heart health, it’s a great time to improve your own heart health or encourage others to improve theirs by quitting smoking. The Surgeon General has concluded that cigarette smoking greatly increases one's risk for heart disease.

By the numbers:

About 130,000 cardiovascular disease deaths per year in the United States are attributable to smoking
Approximately 26% of heart attacks and 12–19% of strokes are attributable to smoking.

Being smoke-free and eliminating exposure to secondhand smoke is important to heart health. Quitting smoking could be the best Valentine’s Day present you can give to your family or your loved ones. For free quit support, call 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669) or visit https://www.coquitline.org/. This service provides free support and advice from experienced counselors, a personalized quit plan, self-help materials, the latest information about cessation medications, and more.

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