Love your heart.

As February comes to a close, we’d be remised to not mention American Heart Month. Heart disease continues to be the leading cause of death in both men and women. In fact, heart disease, stroke and other cardiovascular diseases kill over 800,000 Americans each year.

The CDC Foundation partnered with Pfizer and Quest Diagnostics to launch the Million Hearts® Healthy is Strong initiative. The Million Hearts initiative has the following goals to improve cardiovascular health and care over the next 5 years. These include:

  • Optimizing Care by using teams, health information technology, and evidence-based processes to improve the ABCS (Aspirin when appropriate, Blood pressure control, Cholesterol management, and Smoking cessation), increase use of cardiac rehab, and enhance heart-healthy behaviors.
  • Keeping People Healthy with public health efforts that promote healthier levels of sodium consumption, increased physical activity, and decreased tobacco use.
  • Improving Outcomes for Priority Populations selected based on data showing a significant CV health disparity, evidence of effective interventions, and partners ready to act. Love drawing the human heart.

The American Heart Association has its own, simple, attainable game plan called Health For Good. Healthy For Good is a revolutionary movement to inspire you to create lasting change in your health and your life, one small step at a time. The approach is simple: Eat smart. Add color. Move more. Be well.

Whatever works for you, make your health a priority. It’s your life and body, take care of it!

I love drawing the human heart for Stethoscope To Canvas. Every heart is unique, with different sized atriums and ventricles, different wall thickness, different shaped valves. The coronaries run similar but different little paths. And let’s face it, each heart has different amounts of fat.

Sources:

CDC: https://www.cdc.gov/features/heartmonth/

American Heart Association: http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/

Million Hearts: https://millionhearts.hhs.gov

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