(Dodge County) While many associate February with romance and Valentines Day, the Dodge County Human Services and Health Department want you to think about a different heart. Recognizing February as American Heart Month, the Health Department- Public Health Unit is working to raise awareness of heart disease, which can lead to heart attacks, strokes, heart failure, and ultimately death, saying that heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women across the county.
According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, about 1 in 3 adults have high blood pressure, a contributing factor in heart disease and stroke. The CDC adds that nearly 1.3 million adults in Wisconsin have hypertension and 2 out of 5 of them are unaware of their risk. Abby Sauer, Dodge County Public Health Officer, says “when it comes to lowering one’s risk for high blood pressure and heart disease, it is so important for men and women to understand their risk and take more steps toward prevention.
As part of their efforts the Dodge County Human Services and Health Department Public Health Unit is recommending steps to take towards a healthier life.
Take these steps toward a healthier life and a healthier heart:
o Maintain a normal weight;
o Get at least 30 minutes of physical activity most days;
o Limit alcohol intake;
o Eat more fresh fruits and vegetables;
o Avoid tobacco; and
o Reduce salt;
o Know your ABCS:
o Aspirin – talk to a healthcare provider about whether you should take aspirin;
o Blood Pressure – have your blood pressure checked, talk to a healthcare provider on how often;
o Cholesterol – have your cholesterol levels checked;
o Smoking Cessation
The Dodge County Public Health Unit provides free blood pressure screenings, Monday – Friday starting at 8am till 4pm at the Henry Dodge Office in Juneau. Contact the Dodge County Human Services and Health Department – Public Health Unit at 920-386-3670. You can visit the American Heart Association’s website at www.heart.com, and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention Website at www.cdc.gov/heartdisease.