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Know the facts: heart disease and stroke

Home-Health-AideMany of us associate February with romance, pink and red foiled chocolates and aisles of cheesy cards in stores; but February is also associated with a more serious topic: heart health. February is American Heart Month, which is a dedicated time of year created by the American Heart Association to raise awareness and funds for heart disease in the US. To help educate you on the causes and risks of heart disease and stroke, we’ve rounded up some facts:

  • Heart disease includes conditions such as coronary artery disease, high blood pressure, congestive heart failure, and more.
  • Risk factors for heart disease include diabetes, smoking, excess weight or obesity, among others.
  • Symptoms of heart disease can be hard to detect and it is often not diagnosed until you have a heart attack or stroke.
  • Stroke is a leading cause of disability in the U.S. Look for these signs if you think someone may be having a stroke.
  • Stroke occurs when arteries in the brain become blocked. Arteries become blocked when there is a buildup of cholesterol or plaque (fatty deposits).
  • You can reduce your risk for heart disease or stroke by maintaining a healthy weight, being physically active and avoiding cigarettes and second hand smoke.

For more heart disease and stroke facts, visit If a heart attack or stroke has affected you or a loved one, All Care is here for you. Our physical therapists and nurses provide quality care to aid in your recovery from the comfort of your home. Contact us to learn more about how All Care can help.

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