February is the month of the heart; from Valentine’s Day with your sweetie to heart health with your medical providers because February is American Heart Month! Now more than ever, efforts are being made to increase awareness of cardiovascular disease to educate the general public on preventative measures to keep your heart healthy. In fact, heart disease is the leading cause of death in Pennsylvannia1. Fortunately, 80% of heart disease and stroke events can be prevented by:
- Increasing physical activity
- Eliminating tobacco use
- Adjusting diet and maintaining healthy weight
- Getting plenty of sleep
- Managing stress
- Getting regular health screenings (monitor for blood pressure, cholesterol levels, and diabetes)
Who is at risk?
Cardiovascular issues can affect anyone, but symptoms and risk factors can fluctuate based on several variables such as age, gender, ethnicity, and lifestyle choices. For example, although heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women, women are believed to be more at risk than men as symptoms aren’t as easily identifiable.
How can PT help?
By definition, physical therapy improves quality of life for people of all ages who have medical conditions, illnesses, or injuries that limit their regular ability to move and function. But that is not all! Physical therapy can be utilized as a preventative measure for various conditions—cardiovascular health included. Significant improvements in blood pressure, weight, quality of life, and other health indicators can be made through exercise under the supervision of a licensed physical therapist, in conjunction with other health professionals such as primary care physicians, specialists, dieticians, health and wellness professionals, etc. In fact, studies show habitual physical activity helps reduce and sometimes prevent symptoms in patients with cardiovascular disease.
Call us today at 610-466-7060 to discuss how we can improve your heart health!
1Pennsylvania (22 April 2020) Retrieved from: https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/pressroom/states/pennsylvania/pa.htm