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February is American Heart Month.

February is American Heart Month.

Each year over 600,000 people die of heart disease in America. That’s about one in every four deaths. Risk factors include being a smoker or overweight, family history, or leading a sedentary lifestyle. Luckily, small changes can make a big difference. Make time for exercise in your daily routine. Don’t think you need to hit the gym. You can add exercise to your day in different ways, like parking further from the door, walking to work, and getting up from your desk to stretch throughout the day. Talk to your doctor to learn more about heart health and if you are looking for a doctor, you can find one at Mary Washington Healthcare Physician Directory

Someone dies from heart disease in America every 34 seconds. A heart attack occurs when blood flow to a part the heart is blocked, damaging heart muscles. This can lead to permanent heart damage and in many cases, death. The signs of a heart attack include discomfort in the chest and other areas of the upper body, shortness of breath, cold or clammy skin, nausea, and lightheadedness. In women, jaw pain is also a common symptom. If you fear someone may be experiencing a heart attack, call 9 1 1.

For information on heart-related services at Mary Washington Healthcare here.