SEPTEMBER: Awareness for Childhood Obesity, PAD, A-Fib, Hispanic Heritage, and World Heart Day
Time to Celebrate! National Hispanic Heritage Month (HHM) is observed across America. We are very proud of our rich Latino culture and heritage! While the Hispanic identity is diverse, the shared experiences of hard work, love of family, food and perseverance bond us together.
Yet, cultural factors, environmental influences, education and economic status significantly impact our personal health and the health of our communities. The American Heart Association’s EmPOWERED To Serve / Vida Saludable has resources and tools to use so you can take action to improve cardiovascular health for yourself, your family, your friends and your community. Vida Saludable (Healthy Lifestyle) provides tips, strategies and facts to help Latino families get healthy and stay healthy. Check it out!
September is Peripheral Artery Disease Awareness Month. PAD can be treated and with proper management, you can lower your risk of a heart attack or stroke.
Did you know?
- Peripheral artery disease (PAD) is the narrowing of the peripheral arteries to the legs, stomach, arms and head, most commonly in the arteries of the legs.
- The most common symptoms of PAD involving the lower extremities are cramping, pain or tiredness in the leg or hip muscles while walking or climbing stairs. Typically, the pain goes away with rest and returns when you walk again.
Understand the symptoms and causes of PAD. Discuss your risk with your doctor. Learn more today.
Celebrate World Heart Day September 29th!
The AHA is a strategic partner of the World Heart Federation, the international cardiovascular organization that joins 200 member organizations in 100 countries in the effort to fight cardiovascular disease. Together we celebrate World Heart Day to inspire people around the world to take charge of their heart health and encourage others to do the same.
September is also Childhood obesity awareness month.
Among children today, obesity is causing a broad range of health problems that previously weren't seen until adulthood. These include: High blood pressure, type 2 diabetes and elevated blood cholesterol levels.
There are also psychological effects: Obese children are more prone to low self-esteem, negative body image and depression. Excess weight at young ages has been linked to higher and earlier death rates in adulthood.
It’s National Atrial Fibrillation month.
Do you know the symptoms?
- Atrial fibrillation (also called AFib or AF) is a quivering or irregular heartbeat (arrhythmia) that can lead to blood clots, stroke, heart failure and other heart-related complications. At least 2.7 million Americans are living with AFib. View an animation of atrial fibrillation.
Although atrial fibrillation can feel weird and frightening, an “attack of AFib” usually doesn’t have harmful consequences by itself. The real danger is the increased risk for stroke. Even when symptoms are not noticeable, AFib can increase a person’s risks for stroke and related heart problems.
The Facts about cholesterol this Cholesterol Awareness Month...
- In the United States alone, an estimated 1.3 million people live with Familial Hypercholesterolemia (FH). Yet only 10% of them are diagnosed. Nearly 2 million people in the US might have FH and not even know it.
- FH runs in families. If one parent has FH, each child has a 50% chance of having FH. (2)
- If left untreated, men have a 50% rise of having a heart attack by age 50. Untreated women have a 30% risk by age 60. (3)
- FH is treatable. If FH is found early, serious problems of the heart and blood vessels may be prevented or dramatically delayed by taking steps to protect yourself. These include:
- Not smoking.
- Exercising regularly.
- Eating a healthy diet low in saturated and trans fats.
- Taking medications.
- Going on LDL-apheresis.
- Nearly 100% of people with FH will require cholesterol-lowering medications. For some people with FH, more aggressive measures are needed, including LDL-apheresis (a very simple procedure in which LDL-C cholesterol is removed from the blood on a weekly or biweekly basis).
- If a family has a pattern of early heart attacks or heart disease defined as before age 55 for men and 65 for women, children in that family should have cholesterol testing.
Important Dates in September
9/1-10/31 Advanced Media Registration is now open for AHA's Scientific Sessions 2018, Nov. 10-12, in Chicago.
9/1-9/30 – National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month, National Atrial Fibrillation Awareness Month
9/3 – Labor Day in the United States
9/9 – Grandparents Day
9/15-10/15 – National Hispanic Heritage Month
9/22 – First day of Fall
9/29 – World Heart Day
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