While this time of year is typically associated with Valentine’s Day, there’s another reason to keep your heart in check. February is American Heart Month and, now more than ever, efforts are being made to increase awareness of cardiovascular disease, educate the general population, and take preventative measures to keep your heart healthy. Here in South Carolina, heart disease is still the leading cause of death. 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 your blood pressure, cholesterol levels, and diabetes)
Who is at risk?
Cardiovascular issues can affect anyone, but symptoms and risk factors can fluctuate based on a number of 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. In order to raise awareness by educating those at higher risk, there are programs and campaigns in place at local and national levels geared towards very specific demographic groups.
How can ELITE 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’s 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, dietitians, health and wellness professionals, etc. In fact, studies show habitual physical activity helps reduce and sometimes prevent symptoms in patients with cardiovascular disease.
Need assistance starting a preventative exercise routine, or looking to transition to a higher level program?
Think of Elite Integrated Therapy Centers as your partner in establishing a healthier lifestyle! Just a phone call away, their team can help you schedule an appointment with a licensed physical therapist within 24-48 hours—No referral needed!