February is American Heart Month

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women. To prevent heart disease and increase awareness of its effects, McCoy’s Heating, Air & Plumbing is proudly participating in American Heart Month. Locally, around 15,000 people are affected by heart disease. It is the number one killer in Tennessee. We can make a big difference in our heart health by taking these small steps during the month of February and beyond.

Schedule a visit with your doctor to talk about heart health. It's important to schedule regular check-ups even if you think you are not sick. Partner with your doctor and health care team to set goals for improving your heart health, and don't be afraid to ask questions and trust their advice.

Add exercise to your daily routine. Start off the month by walking 15 minutes, 3 times each week. By mid-month, increase your time to 30 minutes, 3 times each week.

Increase healthy eating. Cook heart-healthy meals at home at least 3 times each week and make your favorite recipe lower sodium. Food cooked with too much oil and cholesterol are directly linked with blood pressure and coronary heart disease. For example, swap out salt for fresh or dried herbs and spices. Also, make sure to eat a balanced diet rich in fruits and vegetables help prevent heart disease and stroke.

Take steps to quit smoking. If you currently smoke, quitting can cut your risk for heart disease and stroke. Learn more at CDC's Smoking and Tobacco Use website. Also, make sure to stay away from secondhand smoke.

Take medication as prescribed. Talk with your doctor about the importance of high blood pressure and cholesterol medications. If you're having trouble taking your medicines on time or if you're having side effects, ask your doctor for help.

PS don't forget to wear red on this Friday, February 3, 2017.