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American Heart Month is being observed throughout the month of February. The goal: to recognize the nationwide problem of heart and blood vessel diseases and to support all essential programs required to solve the problem.

Why PTs should chime in

This particular observance month gets a lot of media attention, thanks to its powerhouse parent organization, the American Heart Association. We’re going to be hearing a lot about how lifestyle changes can prevent heart disease and cardiac problems, and exercise is a huge part of that. How about shedding some light on how you’ve helped play a role in someone’s health transformation?
Here are 5 questions that could serve as conversation starters this month:

  • My mom/dad/grandpa/brother just had open heart surgery. Is it safe for them to exercise?
  • My son/daughter is playing competitive sports, and I’ve heard about something called an “enlarged heart.” What is this, and how can my athlete get checked out?
  • I have high blood pressure and I’ve never really stuck to an exercise routine. Where do I start?!
  • I’m pregnant and have been told I’m at risk of developing gestational diabetes. Can you help me with safe, pregnancy-friendly exercise instruction?

Key dates

National Wear Red Day (Go Red For Women), Friday, Feb. 5
“Heart disease and stroke cause 1 in 3 deaths among women every year – more than all cancers combined. 80 percent of cardiac events can be prevented with education and lifestyle changes. Go Red For Women inspires women to make lifestyle changes, mobilize communities, and shape policies to save lives.”

Heart Month Hashtags

#GoRedWearRed (National Wear Red Day)

#LittleHatsBigHearts

Raises awareness for #CHD (Coronary Heart Disease)

 

#RiseAboveHF (Rise Above Heart Failure)

#HeartMonth Shareables for PTs

 
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We’ve created four shareables (like the one above) for you to use on your own Facebook and Twitter timelines this month. Get them here:
#HeartHealth Shareables
…and get posting! And as always, if you have any questions about sharing, tweet us @BuildPT!