South Heartland Health shares heart health tips for American Heart Month

HASTINGS, Neb. (KSNB) – February is American Heart Month and the South Heartland District Health Department is highlighting the importance of heart health and preventing cardiovascular disease during the month.

According to health experts, one person dies from cardiovascular disease every 33 seconds globally.

Director Michele Bever said what makes cardiovascular disease so dangerous, is that it can lead to a lot of life-threatening conditions in patients.

”Cardiovascular diseases are diseases of the heart and blood vessels and there’s a set of conditions as a result of a substance called plaque that’s building up in our arteries and these conditions could be coronary artery disease, where it’s chest pain, heart attack, or stroke,” Bever said.

She added that cardiovascular disease is not only the leading cause of death nationwide but also prevalent in the state of Nebraska.

”About 1 in 12 people have been diagnosed with a cardiovascular disease and

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