Southwest Virginia Community Health Systems will be recognizing the month of February as American Heart Month.
Heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women in the United States. Every year, 1 in 4 deaths are caused by heart disease. To prevent heart disease and increase awareness of its effects, SVCHS is proudly participating in American Heart Month. The good news? Heart disease can often be prevented when people make healthy choices and manage their health conditions. Communities, health professionals, and families can work together to create opportunities for people to make healthier choices.
Make a difference in your community: Spread the word about strategies for preventing heart disease and encourage people to live heart healthy lives. You can make healthy changes to lower your risk of developing heart disease. Controlling and preventing risk factors is also important for people who already have heart disease. To lower your risk watch your weight, quit smoking and stay away from secondhand smoke, control your cholesterol and blood pressure, if you drink alcohol, drink only in moderation, and get active and eat healthy.
All throughout the month, patients are encouraged to wear red to their appointments since red is the official color of American Heart Month. On Friday, February 7, 2020, SVCHS is dedicating the day to heart health. Patients are encouraged to wear red to their appointments on this day to receive a small gift and to be entered to win a larger door prize.
For more information on SVCHS’ recognition of American Heart Month, please call 276-496-4492.