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Heart Month Should be 12

February covers all aspects of the heart, from health care to love, Cupid, Valentines, flowers and candy.

An in-depth search into all of the above gives an overview linking them more closely than a quick glance gives.

February is American Heart Month. The heart pumps about 2,000 gallons of blood a day, 24/7. It beats about 70 times a minute (60-100 times while resting) or 100,000 beats a day.

The fastest heart beats range from 70 to 198 BPM, and the slowest, 40-60 for the best-trained athletes.

While life goes along smoothly individuals pay little attention to the heart, health and even love. Let some little pain strike and attention quickly focuses on that spot.

Many people take life for granted, thinking all is well so I’ll keep on keeping on doing what I’ve always done.

That’s fine, until one day a pain simply won’t go away and it knocks that individual for a loop.

A heart attack, the diagnosis comes. Fun then turns to pain, agony, doubt, fear, and, if fortunate, to life style changes.

Most heart attacks occur on Monday the return to work after a long weekend and some say after boozy Saturday.

Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of deaths in the United States, 2,200 deaths per day. It is expensive, costing more than $444 billion in health care and lost productivity in 2010.

Many organizations work to prevent the nation’s leading killers by empowering individuals to make heart-healthy choices.

Diet, exercise, timeouts, and learning to say no are some healthy choices. Make them now.

Stress triggers such as workload, deadlines, co-workers, frustrating relationships and driving in traffic impact individual’s stress factors differently.

Forming a support system and talking to family and friends about your stress levels help relieve anxiety.

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