Matters of the <3 (heart)

Here we are in the middle of February. Valentine’s Day is just a couple of days away. In the Mid-Atlantic, the air is crisp and cold, perfect for getting cozy with loved ones in front of a fire. The American Heart Association (AHA) reminds us it’s also time to think about a serious matter of the heart: Heart health. Thanks to advances in medical care and health promotion, fewer people are dying from heart disease and stroke, but AHA estimates that more than 85 million people in the US are now living with cardiovascular disease (CVD) and are at risk for heart attacks and strokes.  For American Heart Month, AHA offers a wide variety of resources, from information and factsheets on heart disease and heart health, to guides and manuals for programs you can put together in your workplace, community center, or congregation.

For many reasons, CVD is also a risk for people with other disabilities, including lower physical activity levels, access to healthy foods, lack of knowledge about or access to health screening, smoking, and other factors. With information and resources in hand, you can work with your healthcare provider to make changes that lower your risk for heart attack, stroke, and other consequences of CVD.

These are just a few resources from the NIDILRR community you can use right now to learn about your risk for CVD and make changes to live a healthier life.

You may also be interested in these articles, books, reports, and other publications on heart health, heart disease, and other cardiovascular issues from the NIDILRR community and other sources, all available from our collection.

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