St. Joseph Health prepares, educates for Heart Health Month

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Published: Jan. 19, 2023 at 5:39 PM CST
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BRYAN, Texas (KBTX) - February is American Heart Month, and with it being just weeks away, St. Joseph Health stopped by The Three to share the importance of the month and what people can do to focus on their cardiovascular health.

Nurse Practitioner Miranda Pelzel says Heart Health Month is important because it brings awareness to the number one killer of Americans in the United States.

Pelzel says there are symptoms people should look out for.

“The classic symptoms of having heart disease or a heart attack is squeezing pressure of your chest, pain that goes down one arm or both arms, pain that goes into your jaw, shortness of breath, [and] fatigue,” said Pelzel.

The nurse practitioner says women and diabetics typically have a different type of pain in the back or shoulder. She adds they can have extreme fatigue doing minimal duties as well.

Pelzel says every 40 seconds, one person will have a heart attack in the United States. She says that’s why it’s important to know the signs, symptoms and when to get help.

According to Pelzel there are some things you can do to ensure your heart is as healthy as possible.

“Number one you have to quit smoking. Obesity is another problem. Having high blood pressure is not good for your body, [and neither is] having high cholesterol [or] having your sugars too high.”

For more information on heart health visit St. Joseph Health here.