Have a (Healthy) Heart This Valentine’s Day

Heart HealthThe giant ball hadn’t even dropped in Times Square when the Christmas decorations had been replaced with red and pink and white heart-shaped boxes and trinkets for Valentine’s Day, and the messages in the greeting card aisles at the big box stores were aimed at couples and would-be couples in preparation for the annual arrival of Cupid.

Nearly two full months of Valentine kitzsch is enough to make one’s heart go pitter-patter… and not in the head-over-heels kind of way. Being aware of the factors that can afflict even a healthy heart is the first step toward prevention, protection and treatment.

Broken Heart Syndrome – Although it’s been parodied in film and literature, the fact remains that there are physical symptoms associated with the loss of a loved one – whether by death, divorce or other separation.

According to the American Heart Association, women are more likely than men to experience sudden, intense chest pain related to an emotionally stressful event. Studies show that in such circumstances, the heart may temporarily enlarge, which inhibits the normal pumping of blood and mimics the symptoms of a heart attack. The difference is that with a broken heart, arteries are not blocked, as they are with a typical heart attack.

Heart Disease/Coronary Artery Disease – Heart disease is responsible for one of every four deaths in the U.S. – affecting more than 600,000 people every year, making it the leading cause of death for both men and women, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention statistics.

Coronary artery disease – the most common type of heart disease – claims the lives or more than 385,000 people each year. And more than 935,000 Americans suffer heart attacks each year.

Love Your Heart This Valentine’s Day – Knowing the early warning signs associated with a heart attack can help prevent death or disability caused by the catastrophic event. Symptoms include:

  • Chest pain or discomfort
  • Upper body discomfort in arms, back, neck, jaw or upper stomach
  • Shortness of breath
  • Nausea, vomiting, lightheadedness or cold sweats

Monitoring and managing risk factors such as high blood pressure and high LDL cholesterol are two ways to lower your heart attack risk. Others include:

  • Quitting smoking
  • Managing diabetes
  • Losing weight or maintaining a healthy weight
  • Improved diet
  • Engaging in physical activity
  • Reducing or eliminating alcohol use

Of course, maintaining a healthy heart is easy when you’re in love, and Windsong homeowners LOVE their homes and their communities!

Each Windsong active retirement community was designed to help Boomers cultivate new friendships and make it enjoyable to stay active, with walkable streets and a private fitness center in the clubhouse, neighbors with similar life-stage experiences, and home designs that maximize accessibility, minimize hassles and provide opportunities to enjoy an active lifestyle without sacrificing style or luxury, ensuring you’ll have plenty to celebrate for many more Valentine’s Days.

Welcome home to Windsong – Where Life’s A Breeze!

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