February marks National Heart Month. The Cardiovascular Institute of the South is working to raise awareness about heart disease, to help people better prevent it.
“As the population is aging, people are going to live longer and more people are going to have heart disease. I think it’s important to be aware and many of the symptoms, if we pay attention, can be detected early on,” Dr. Babu Jasti of the Cardiovascular Institute of the South said.
According to the American Heart Association, nearly half of all adults in the United States have some type of cardiovascular disease. It remains the number one killer of all Americans.
Heart disease includes the following conditions:
- Coronary artery disease
- Heart infections
- Congenital heart defects
- Narrowed or blocked blood vessels
- Heart attack / stroke
The American Heart Association is urging people to participate in National Wear Red Day Friday. The association is also hosting the 2019 Go Red for Women Luncheon Friday. It’s from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Raising Cane’s River Center.