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Take Steps to Prevent Heart Disease

YMCA of Greater Kansas City
February 17, 2017
Monitoring blood pressure

What do you know about heart disease? Or stroke? Should you know more? The answer is yes.  

February is American Heart Month. This is a great opportunity to provide widespread education about heart disease and stroke, but also to help spread awareness of the importance of heart health. 

We are all impacted by heart disease. Heart disease is the leading cause of death for all Americans. It accounts for $1 out of every $6 spent on health care. And heart disease and stroke cost the nations billions in health care costs and lost economic productivity.  

What is the impact of heart disease in the United States?

  • Number of people in the United States who die from heart disease: 2,200 each day, 800,000 each year (150,000 are under 65)
  • 1 in 4 deaths in the United States is due to heart disease
  • 1 in 3 people (80 Million) in the United States have some form of heart disease, which can include severe chest pain, heart attack, heart failure, and stroke
  • Number of heart attacks and strokes that occur in the United States: 2,000,000/year
  • Heart disease and stroke cost the nation $444 billion/year in health care costs and lost economic productivity.

What can you do to help?

  • Prevent heart disease and stroke in your families by understanding the risks.
  • Know your ABCS—Appropriate Aspirin Therapy, Blood Pressure Control, Cholesterol Control, Smoking Cessation.
  • Get up and get active.
  • Fuel your body by eating a heart-healthy diet, high in fresh fruits and vegetables and low in sodium, saturated and trans fats, and cholesterol
  • Take control of your heart health by following your doctor’s instructions for medications and treatment.

As part of the efforts to reduce the impact of heart disease, the YMCA of Greater Kansas City offers the YMCA’s Blood Pressure Self-Monitoring Program, designed to help participants with hypertension lower their blood pressure by following an evidence-based program that combines blood pressure self-monitoring, nutrition education seminars and personalized support. Learn more. Or for more information, contact LaTasha James at or 816.285.9622.