February 25, 2015 --
February is American Heart Month, a time to raise awareness about heart disease, learn strategies for preventing it and encourage people to live healthy lives — both at home and in the community.
Cardiovascular disease — including heart disease, stroke and high blood pressure — is the leading cause of death for men and women in the U.S. It is responsible for about 600,000 (or one in four) deaths a year. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, it is a leading cause of disability and costs the U.S. more than $300 billion each year — including health care, medication and lost productivity.
Naval Branch Health Clinic Albany recognizes American Heart Month and remains active in raising awareness to the nation’s No. 1 killer.
Patients are encouraged to visit their primary care managers to receive annual checkups —even if feeling healthy. Other recommendations for preventing CVD include monitoring blood pressure and cholesterol, managing diabetes, healthy dieting and weight management, regular exercise, quitting tobacco, limiting alcohol use, taking prescribed medications and following treatment plans.
In addition, NBHC Albany’s Health Promotions offers a variety of health-related classes, available to active duty, retirees and family members. Classes include Healthy Heart, which teaches healthy lifestyles and cholesterol and blood pressure management; ShipShape, an eight-week weight loss program (active duty and civilians); and Tobacco Cessation, to assist smokers with quitting.
For more information, call Health Promotions at (229) 639-9535, or just drop by.
“It is very important for people understand the risk factors associated with cardiovascular disease, and ways to control them,” Capt. Paula Chamberlain, director for public health, Naval Hospital Jacksonville, Florida, said. “It has been proven that making healthy choices — such as good nutrition, weight management and exercise, along with better management of conditions like high blood pressure and diabetes — can significantly decrease the probability of cardiovascular disease.”