IDPH Recognizes National American Heart Month To Promote Heart Disease Awareness

The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) is recognizing February as American Heart Month. Heart disease can lead to heart attack, stroke, heart failure, and death. It is the leading cause of death in Iowa and nationwide. The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) is recognizing February as American Heart Month. Heart disease can lead to heart attack, stroke, heart failure, and death. It is the leading cause of death in Iowa and nationwide.

High blood pressure, high blood cholesterol and smoking are three key risk factors for heart disease, which can all be controlled and managed. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about half the people in the United States, 47%, have at least one of these three risk factors.

Heart disease and stroke accounted for nearly one in four deaths in Iowa in 2020. Since lifestyle plays a significant† role in heart health, making small changes can make a huge impact on health.

The CDC recommends seven strategies to live a heart-healthy lifestyle and reduce your risk of heart disease:

Learn Your Health History
Eat a Healthy Diet
Move More, Sit Less
Quit Smoking
Take Medicines as Directed
Rethink Your Drink
Monitor Your Blood Pressure at Home

For more about the CDC Seven Strategies, visit†www.cdc.gov/heartdisease.

IDPH is working to reduce Iowa's heart disease and stroke mortality and morbidity through awareness and programming for Iowans, including:

Heart Disease and Stroke Program
Iowa Care for Yourself WISEWOMAN†Program
Million Hearts Program

IDPH recommends talking with your healthcare provider about your risk for heart disease.

Publish Date: 
Tuesday, February 1, 2022