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Healthy Hearts Month

Show your support - Feb 6 is National Wear Red Day!

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NATIONAL WEAR RED DAY - A DECADE OF SUCCESS

Since the first National Wear Red Day in 2003, the American Heart Association has made tremendous strides in the fight against heart disease and stroke in women. The statistical changes have been dramatic.

  • Nearly 90% have made at least one healthy behavior change
  • More than one-third has lost weight
  • Over 50% have increased exercise
  • 6 out of 10 have changed their diets
  • Greater than 40% checked their cholesterol levels
  • One third talked with their doctors about developing healthy heart plan
  • Death in women decreased by more than 30 percent 
  • Today, nearly 300 fewer women die from heart disease and stroke each day

For more information about National Wear Red Day, Go Red for Women, or the American Heart Association, please visit: www.goredforwomen.org

 

SIMPLE WAYS TO IMPROVE HEART HEALTH 

While some risk factors are hereditary and may be out of your control, there are a number of things you can do now to live a healthier life and improve your heart health. 

You may want to begin by focusing on one item at a time on the list until you build momentum to conquer it. 

  • Reduce stress
  • Increase your physical activity to 30+ minutes daily
  • Stop smoking (get help from a cessation program)
  • Eat a heart-healthy diet:
    • Add more whole grains, legumes, fish, fruits, and veggies to fight obesity, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes
  • Limit your intake of saturated and trans fats
  • Read the label and lower your sodium intake
  • Avoid sleep deprivation
  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • Get regular health check-ups

 

WAYS SCIENCE CARE DONORS ARE HELPING

Science Care donors are helping in the fight to prevent death from cardiovascular disease. Below are just a couple of ways Science Care helps to link donors with important research to make an impact:

Researchers evaluate endoscopic vessel harvesting (EVH) systems for the minimally invasive recovery of veins. The goal of this is to improve treatment for cardiac patients that need coronary artery bypass graft  (CABG) surgery. This procedure is performed approximately 333,000 times annually in the U.S.alone.

Researchers are working on the design and testing of various innovative minimally invasive surgical devices for the treatment of cardiac diseases.  Physicans are also trained in the safe use of these devices. This type of testing and training is a necessary step to improve the skills of practicing surgeons and improve outcomes for patients today and in the future.

 

HEART HEALTHY RECIPES

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Check out these DELICIOUS heart healthy recipes low in fat, cholesterol and sodium. Give 'em a try...we think you'll LOVE them!

 

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Outlook on life can affect heart health

Don't worry...be happy! New research out of Harvard indicates that a dose of optimism can help lead to a healthier heart.

http://www.kshb.com/news/health/study-outlook-on-life-can-affect-heart-health

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Science Care Donors Help Heal the Earth

PA - Science Care is pleased to announce that our 2015 Memory In Nature program will support the Appalachian Mountain region of northwestern Pennsylvania through our partnership with the Arbor Day Foundation's reforestion program. Check out our blog to read more about Science Care's Memory In Nature program.

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National Health Observances - Feb. Show your support and get involved!

Each month, momentum builds throughout the country and across the globe in support of various health-related causes. Here's what's on tap for February:

  • AMD/Low Vision Awareness Month
  • American Heart Month
  • International Prenatal Infection Prevention Month
  • National Children’s Dental Health Month
  • Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month
  • African Heritage & Health Week (1 – 7)
  • National Wear Red Day (Feb 6)
  • Congenital Heart Defect Awareness Week (7 – 14)

See more health observances

 

 

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