American Heart Month Activities at South Denver Cardiology
February is American Heart Month. This annual month-long commemoration began in 1964 when President Lyndon Johnson, who had previously had a heart attack, declared that February would serve to raise awareness about the dangers of heart disease and to promote ways to live a more heart healthy lifestyle.
Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), someone dies from heart disease every 33 seconds, and approximately 805,000 Americans have a heart attack every year. At South Denver Cardiology Associates, we’re getting into the spirit of this important national commemoration to help promote the importance of a heart healthy life with a variety of activities throughout the month.
Heart Failure Awareness Week
Heart Failure Awareness Week is February 11-17. South Denver Cardiology will be joining other organizations and cardiology clinics around the country in promoting awareness of heart failure all week long. Our team will provide patient education and heart failure prevention tips to help you minimize your risk of this life-threatening condition.
Cardiac Rehabilitation Week
February 11-17 is also Cardiac Rehabilitation Week. All week long, South Denver Cardiology will be raising awareness of the benefits of cardiac rehabilitation programs and highlighting the important services we offer at our clinic.
Our Cardiac Rehabilitation Clinic opened in 1977 and provides an innovative, multidisciplinary approach to cardiac rehabilitation that includes:
- Cardiovascular fitness
- Risk factor management skills
- Outcomes-based education
When you visit our Cardiac Rehabilitation Clinic, you’ll receive a personal health assessment conducted by our cardiologists that will be used to develop an individualized rehabilitation plan to help you achieve total wellness.
Additional American Heart Month Events at South Denver Cardiology
South Denver Cardiology will also be supporting the following events as part of American Heart Month:
- National Wear Red Day (February 2) – Our team will be wearing red on this day to help raise awareness that heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States.
- Heart Healthy Desserts (February 6) – Many of the most popular desserts are high in sugar and detrimental to your heart health. On February 6, our team will be providing information about a variety of heart healthy alternatives you can choose to satisfy that sweet urge.
- Weight Loss Class (February 15) – Obesity is a common cause of heart disease. It accelerates the buildup of plaque in your arteries, causing blockages which can lead to a heart attack. On February 15, we will be hosting a weight loss class where our registered dieticians and exercise physiologists will help you learn effective tips to help manage your weight and reduce your risk of heart disease.
- Pulmonary Hypertension Support Group (February 29) – Heart failure is a common complication associated with pulmonary hypertension, a specific type of high blood pressure impacting the arteries in the right side of the heart and in the lungs. On February 29, our team will lead a support group for individuals with pulmonary hypertension to help provide a framework for how to manage this condition and improve your heart health.
South Denver Cardiology Can Help You Live a Heart Healthy Lifestyle
At South Denver Cardiology Associates, we’re committed to providing the important services necessary to help you optimize your heart health. These include:
- Nutritional consulting services to help you establish a heart healthy diet
- Medical fitness gym providing access to exercise specialists who will help you create an individualized fitness plan that promotes optimal heart health
- Medical weight loss clinic that leverages the expertise of our registered dieticians and exercise physiologist to help you maintain a heart healthy weight
- Comprehensive diagnostic testing to identify and treat any potential cardiovascular health issues in their earliest stages
- Preventive cardiology services to help you take proactive steps to manage your heart health
If you’re interested in learning about how to establish a more heart healthy lifestyle, we recommend that you review the resources provided by the National Institutes of Health (NIH). These fact sheets provide a wealth of information to help you take control of your heart health and provide a great primer as we head into American Heart Month.
Contact us today to schedule an appointment. South Denver Cardiology Associates serves patients in Denver, Littleton and the surrounding areas.
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