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February 2013

February 2013

Matters of the heart

Many of our thoughts go to love and romance in February, thanks to Valentine’s Day. It brings a little warmth to a very cold month, doesn’t it?

The heart is the universal symbol of love, which is probably why the American Heart Association chose this month to observe American Heart Month. And, from the following statistics, heart health may not be getting the “love” it deserves in our country:

  • 1 in every 4 deaths (about 600,000) in the United States every year is attributable to heart disease.1
  • Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women.1
  • Almost 1,000,000 Americans have a heart attack every year.1
  • Coronary heart disease costs the United States $108.9 billion each year.1
  • The average total cost of a severe heart attack — including direct and indirect costs — is about $1 million, and close to $760,000 for a less severe attack.2

Now consider that the leading cause of personal bankruptcy in our country — by a long shot — is medical expenses!3 (78% of those who filed did have insurance, by the way.) All of this certainly provides a lot of motivation to take better care of ourselves.

No wonder the American Heart Association is behind a nationwide movement in support of healthier communities and healthier lives! Help honor American Heart Month by making your health and well-being a priority. There’s only one you, let’s make it the best you possible!

What inspired my rant above was the article submitted this month by Dr. Jake Shuppe, who writes about a delicious solution to the nation’s heart health dilemma. Kyle Smith also shares some ways to love your heart, one of which may surprise you: acupuncture. And, Brian Bankenbusch offers reasons you may want to use a personal trainer in maintaining or re-gaining your health. These are just a few examples of the great articles we have to share with you this month. Please read on for more!

Here’s to healthier communities and healthier lives … take good care of yourself!

In health and happiness,
Jackie


1. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, http://cdc.gov/heartdisease/facts.htm.

2. National Business Group on Health,http://cbsnews.com/8301-505146_162-39940799/how-much-would-a-heart-attack-cost-you/.

3. Clear Bankruptcy, LLC, http://clearbankruptcy.com/financial-literacy/10-leading-causes-of -bankruptcy.aspx.

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