As February rolls around, let’s take a moment to show our hearts a little extra love and care. Now, February isn’t just about chocolates and roses, it’s also the kickoff for Heart Health Month!
Now, let’s get down to brass tacks and talk about risk factors. Some of them, well, they’re as unchangeable as the sunrise, like our age or family history. But, others are treatable and there’s plenty we can do to keep ’em in line.
Let’s start with high blood pressure. It’s like a sly fox sneaking up on you, causing trouble for your heart. But don’t you fret, with a few tweaks to your lifestyle or a hand from your provider, we can rein it in.
Then there’s cholesterol. Too much of the bad stuff can gum up your arteries quicker than molasses in January. But with heart pumping cardio, a smart diet – maybe a tad less butter on those biscuits, we can keep it in check.
Onto diabetes. It’s like going overboard on sweets at the county fair. But with some savvy management and good ol’ self-care, we can keep it at arm’s length.
And let’s not forget about obesity, bless our hearts. It’s like lugging around a sack of potatoes wherever you go. But with a dash of determination and a sprinkle of motivation we can shed those pounds.
When it comes to habits, darlin’, we’ve gotta mind our manners. Too much fried chicken and sweet tea? Well, that’s a one-way ticket to trouble. But if we swap ’em out for some greens and lace up our walkin’ shoes, we’ll be on the road to heart health in no time.
And about those spirits, honey. A nip now and then might be fine, but too much can land you in hot water faster than you can say “bless your heart.”
And last but not least, we gotta kick them cigarettes to the curb. Ain’t nothin’ sweet about smokin’ when it comes to your heart. It’s like inviting trouble to Sunday supper.
Now, I know some folks might have heart disease runnin’ in the family, but that don’t mean we can’t shake things up. With a pinch of good genes and a dollop of healthy livin’, we can keep that ol’ ticker of ours chuggin’ along like a well-oiled machine.
Keep an eye on those risk factors, mind your manners with your habits, and don’t forget to listen to your heart.

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Crystal Shackelford, APRN
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