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American Heart Month: Lessons for You as a Black American

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February is American Heart Month. It’s a time when everyone, especially women, is encouraged to pay attention to cardiovascular health. 

Each year heart disease kills almost 700,000 Americans. It’s among the top causes of death in the US. Most Americans are familiar with the pains of losing a loved one to a heart attack or coronary heart disease. However, there’s still hope. With the adoption of a healthy lifestyle, heart diseases can be prevented and lives can be saved. 

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Continue reading to discover lessons that can transform your cardiovascular well-being.

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Overview of American Heart Month

American Heart Month. Video Credit: @NCHPAD

Lyndon B. Johnson, the 36th President of the United States issued the first proclamation declaring February American Heart Month in 1964. The nation marks the celebration yearly to spotlight heart disease. This is done through creating awareness and educating people on steps to take to prevent this deadly disease. 

During this commiseration government and non-governmental organizations organize seminars, and webinars, and share useful articles about heart disease. There’s a lot African Americans can learn from the month-long event.

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American Heart Month Lessons For African Americans

Here are 5 key lessons you can learn from the Heart Month celebration:

Alcohol, Cannabis and the Heart 

During the American Heart Month celebration, M-U experts, psychiatric, and addiction experts answer questions about how the use of alcohol or cannabis relates to heart disease. This information will help you as an African American to decide whether to stay off alcohol and cannabis or to continue consuming them. 

How to Prevent Heart Disease

For health workers, every month is Heart Month. However, during February, they dedicate time and resources to educate the public about heart disease and how to prevent it

As an African American, you can learn about how to eat healthy. This will help you to start making the right diet choices that include less processed foods and daily vegetables. 

Menopause and Heart Health

Heart disease risk rises for everyone as they grow older. However, the years up to and after menopause are crucial times to carefully manage their health. 

During Heart Month, African American women get to learn the relationship between menopause and Heart health. You’ll also learn of the various ways to care for your health during menopause.

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Exercise and Heart Health

Health experts recommend that you strive for at least two and a half hours weekly of physical activities. That translates to about 30 minutes most days of the week. 

There are flexible ways you can break it down into smaller amounts of daily activity. The good thing is that even small amounts of daily activity can have lasting heart benefits. 

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American Heart Month presents African Americans with the opportunity to learn different physical activities that can help improve heart health. Health experts share this information for free during the celebration.

The Link Between Cholesterol, Blood Pressure and Heart Disease 

Blood pressure and cholesterol are among the main risk factors that could lead to heart disease. During Heart Month, you’ll learn about the link between them. And you’ll also be able to check your cholesterol and blood pressure for free. 

How to Celebrate American Heart Month 

Why it’s important to celebrate American Heart Month. Video Credit: @kens5

There are many ways you can participate in the Heart Month celebration. Here are the main four ways:

Wear Branded T-shirt 

Buy a branded t-shirt from Amazon and wear it during the celebration period and also encourage your family and friends to do the same. This will help raise awareness that heart disease is the leading cause of death in the US and it can be prevented.

Educate People About Heart Disease

If you’re a medical professional, you can educate people about the causes of heart disease and ways to avoid it. You can organize seminars within your locality or host online webinars. Besides these two, you can also consistently share useful social media posts regarding heart disease. 

Donate to Charity 

You can also get involved by donating to healthcare organizations offering free medical treatments. This way more people will be able to access free medical treatments and checkups. 

Attend Seminars and Webinars 

Attending webinars and seminars is another way of participating in Heart Month. During the commiseration, many health bodies organize seminars and webinars to enlighten the public about heart disease. Try to attend any of the events. Also, don’t attend alone, invite your friends and family. 

American Heart Month is an important commiseration that you need to take part in as an African American. It offers a lot of benefits and lessons. And we have covered five of those lessons.

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Uchenna Agwu
Uchenna Agwu
Hi there! I’m Uchenna Agwu, and I love to write. When I’m not writing, you can usually find me reading books or watching documentaries (I’m a bit of a nerd). But I also like to get out and explore – whether that means going on hikes or checking out new restaurants.

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