Heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women in the United States. February is American Heart Month and Mayo Clinic Health System wants to help men and women of all ages learn more about heart disease and what individuals can do to live heart-healthy lives.
In recognition of American Heart Month, Mayo Clinic Health System is providing heart healthy tips, including a heart disease risk assessment, on Mayo Clinic Health System’s web site at mayoclinichealthsystem.org/getchecked.
Additionally, to demonstrate a commitment to promoting heart health, Mayo invites businesses across the region to participate in Go Red for Women on Friday, Feb. 6. Employees may show their awareness about heart health by wearing red to work. Participating businesses and individuals can submit photos of dressed in red to email@example.com.
“Our goal is simple,” says Kenneth T. Calamia, M.D., CEO at Mayo Clinic Health System in Waycross. “Women age 55 or older, men age 45 and older or a person with a family history of early heart disease are at a higher risk for heart disease. By educating and encouraging people to adopt heart-healthy behaviors, we know that people can reduce their risks. I plan to wear red on Feb. 6 and I’m looking forward to seeing the photos of individuals and businesses who do the same.”
To learn more about your risks for heart disease and stroke, go to mayoclinichealthsystem.org/getchecked.