Have a Heart…and Keep It Healthy!

February is American Heart Month—a good time to assess your heart health and learn how to avoid cardiovascular disease—the No. 1 cause of death in the U.S. Give yourself, and your sweetheart, the best possible valentine—the gift of a healthy heart.

Genesis has provided leading-edge heart care for over 35 years. Trust the Genesis Heart Institute for all you need to know to keep your heart happy for years to come.


Get the Facts

Did you know:

  • Heart disease is the leading cause of death in both men and women in the U.S.
  • Nearly 2,300 people in the U.S. die of cardiovascular diseases each day—that’s one death every 38 seconds.
  • More than 38% of people who experience a heart attack in a given year will die of it.
  • Heart disease kills more women in America than all forms of cancer combined, including breast cancer.

Know the Warning Signs

Common symptions of heart attack may include:

  • Chest pain, may radiate into arm
  • Shortness of breath
  • Sweating
  • Nausea
  • Unconsciousness

Other symptoms that may occur in women include:

  • Uncomfortable pressure, fullness, squeezing or pain in the center of the chest that lasts more than a few minutes or goes away and comes back.
  • Shortness of breath
  • Pain that spreads to the shoulder, neck or arms
  • Chest discomfort with light-headedness, fainting, sweating, nausea or shortness of breath.

What You Can Do

Here are some steps you can take to improve your heart health:

Get Active

Exercising as little as 30 minutes each day you can reduce your risk of heart disease. Physical activity = living a longer, healthier life.

Eat Healthy

Maintaining a healthy diet, including lowering fat and cholesterol intake, can help fight cardiovascular disease.

Manage Your Blood Pressure

The single most significant risk factor for heart disease, high blood pressure (or hypertension) can injure or kill you if not controlled. And it often shows no symptoms. The good news is it is highly treatable. Check your blood pressure often and check with your health care provider on how to control it.

Stop Smoking

Cigarette smoking greatly increases your risk for heart disease. If you don't smoke, don't start. If you do smoke, consider the many health benefits of quitting. Some experts consider it the single most important thing you can do to prevent heart disease.  

Especially for Women

Although heart disease is the leading cause of death of women in this country, until recently it has been thought of as primarily a men’s disease. Women’s symptoms often differ from men’s and sometimes go unrecognized. That’s why it is so important for women to be vigilant about their own heart health and to learn to recognize warning signs.

Let Genesis Help

For 35 years, Genesis has provided leading-edge heart care. Our heart attack response times rank among the best in the nation, and heart bypass surgery outcomes exceed the national average. Genesis Medical Center, Davenport was recently named one of the nation’s 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals by Thomson Reuters for outstanding outcomes and efficiency.

Additional Resources

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

American Heart Association

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