American Heart Month (Heart Disease Awareness)
February is American Heart Month (A.K.A Heart Health Month, Heart Awareness Month, Heart Disease Awareness Month) the time of year when various national public service organizations, charities, professional medical associations and government agencies all work together to promote heart disease awareness, educate the public on prevention measures, raise funds and hopefully get closer to finding better treatments and improved outcomes for this disease. These organizations are working hard year-round to lend assistance to those suffering from all forms of heart disease and various heart conditions and they need your help to spread the word and lend a helping hand. Raising awareness during American Heart Month in February will certainly help the cause, however assistance is needed year-round.
Heart Disease Facts & Statistics
According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States with more than 600,000 deaths reported each year. More than 370,000 of these deaths are attributed to coronary heart disease. Heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women, and is more deadly than all forms of cancer combined.
The prevalence of heart attacks among the American population is very high with approximately 735,000 reported each year (210,000 happen in people who have already had a heart attack). In the United States, someone has a heart attack every 34 seconds. Every 60 seconds, someone in the United States dies from a heart disease-related event.
Americans at Risk for Heart Disease
The CDC reports that high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and smoking are key risk factors for heart disease. About half of Americans (47%) have at least one of these three risk factors.
Several other medical conditions and lifestyle choices can also put people at a higher risk for heart disease, including:
- Overweight and obesity
- Poor diet
- Physical inactivity
- Excessive alcohol use
Supporting Heart Disease Awareness – Ways to Help
There are many ways to lend your support to this important cause. We have listed some ideas below:
- Educate yourself and others about heart disease and the importance of maintaining a healthy heart
- Make a contribution on the donation page of a charity supporting the fight against heart disease
- Hold your own healthy heart fundraiser
- Encourage friends and family to become familiar with the early signs of heart disease
- Participate or volunteer with local community events promoting American Heart Month
- Find and support a page on a crowdfunding website which supports cause-related fundraisers (CrowdRise, First Giving, Indiegogo, Causes or Razoo)
- Stay up to date with the latest research news and breakthroughs regarding heart disease right here on Comfort Finders
- Make donations to respected charities and organizations contributing to heart disease research and assisting people who have heart disease
- Wear colors and ribbons to show your support (heart awareness color is red). You can find some great heart disease awareness jewelry and items on Etsy
- Share your story of hope and inspiration with us and we’ll publish it right here for others to read who have been diagnosed with heart disease