Heart to Heart: Celebrate With Us in February
Date: February 5, 2016
Author: Andrea Tarbet, Product Marketing Associate at ALPCO
The human heart is a hardworking organ, beating an average of 100,000 times per day to pump approximately 2,000 gallons of blood through a 60,000 mile network of blood vessels.1 Without your heart diligently beating, your body would not receive the nutrients and oxygen it needs to survive. Additionally, your body’s waste products would accumulate in every cell. Yuck!
Lyndon B. Johnson understood the importance of heart health and was the first U.S. president to declare February National Heart Month in 19642. President Johnson recognized the growing danger of cardiovascular disease (CVD) and wrote, “I urge the people of the United States to give heed to the nationwide problem of the heart and blood-vessel diseases, and to support the programs required to bring about its solution.”2
Over 50 years later, the U.S. is still stricken with the prevalence of CVD. In fact, 33% of all deaths in the U.S. are caused by CVD3. Most striking is the impact cardiovascular disease can have on women:
- Heart disease ranks as the number 1 cause of death for women.4
- Both heart disease and stroke kill 1 in 3 women even though it is believed 80% of these deaths can be prevented.4,5
- The percentages of deaths that heart disease can cause in women are higher than all of the different types of cancers combined.4
We kicked off American Heart Month 2016 here at ALPCO by wearing red on Friday, February 5 in support of the 13th Annual National Wear Red Day to help raise awareness around cardiovascular health and education for women. There is still a long way to go, but together we can all help achieve more heart beats!
- Arkansas Heart Hospital. (2015). Amazing Heart Facts. arheart.com.
- The American Presidency Project. (2016). Lyndon B. Johnson: Proclamation 3566 – American Heart Month, 1964. The American Presidency Project.
- Mizaffarian et al. (2015). Heart disease and stroke statistics 2016 update: A report from the American Heart Association. Doi: 10.1161/CRI0000000000000350
- Go Red For Women. (2016). Heart Disease Statistics at a Glance. American Heart Association.
- American Heart Association. (2015). February is American Heart Month. American Heart Association.