The American Society for Preventive Cardiology

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The American Society for Preventive Cardiology

 

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women in the United States.
February is Heart Awareness Month, a time to unit as a community in order to promote preventive steps and encourage healthier choices.

 

The ASPC is launching a viral campaign: Steps4prevention Campaign for the month of February. The initiative will emphasize 4 key steps, to highlight, and even initiate the process of CVD prevention.

 

What is your FIRST Step?

Blood Pressure Check

Blood Pressure Check

A 12- to 13-point reduction in systolic blood pressure can reduce CVD deaths by 25% (3)

Blood Glucose Check

Blood Glucose Check

An 18mg/dL reduction of fasting glucose level can reduce the risk of stroke by 21% (4)

Complete Lipid Panel

Complete Lipid Panel

A 10% decrease in the total cholesterol level reduces the risk for coronary heart disease by 30% (3)

Atrial Fibrillation Check

Atrial Fibrillation Check

33% of Afib cases remain undiagnosed, putting these people at increased risk for stroke. (5)

Share your stories, pictures and short videos on the topic of prevention on social media during the month of February using the Hash tags: #ASPCardio, #Heartawarenessmonth, #heartmonth, #weareprevention, #steps4prevention. Don’t forget to tag the ASPC in your posts.

 

Together we will prevent heart disease!

**National Wear Red Day® – Friday, February 1, 2019**

For more information contact Maggie Kincaid at mkincaid@aspconline.org.

 

 

REFERENCES:
1. Benjamin EJ, et al. Heart disease and stroke statistics–2017 update: a report from the American Heart Association [published online ahead of print January 25, 2017]. Circulation. doi: 10.1161/CIR.0000000000000485.
2. National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Division of Cancer Prevention and Control. 2013.
3. Cohen JD. A population-based approach to cholesterol control. American Journal of Medicine
1997;102:23-25.
4. Lawes, CMM et al. Diabetes Care 27:2836-2842, 2004.
5. Reiffel JA, et al. www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5710506/. JAMA Cardiol. 2017 Oct;2(10):1120-1127.