Heart Health Matters: Helpful Resources

It’s February – American Heart Month – a time when the nation spotlights heart disease, the No. 1 killer of Americans.

President Lyndon B. Johnson, among the millions of people in the country who’d had heart attacks, issued the first proclamation in 1964. 

This year, the federally designated event is even more important due to the impact of the coronavirus on the public’s heart health, including potential harmful effects on the heart and vascular system, according to recent research.

And while in lockdown, more people have engaged in unhealthy lifestyle behaviors, such as eating poorly, drinking more alcohol and limiting physical activity, that can contribute to heart disease.

Meanwhile, heart disease continues to be the greatest health threat to Americans and is still the leading cause of death worldwide, according to the AHA’s Heart Disease and Stroke Statistics – 2021 Update.  About 647.00 Americans die from heart disease each year–that is 1 in every 4 deaths.

Here are some books/ebooks available with your Library card that can offer guidance and help as you strive to focus more on  your cardiac health.

Here are links to resources from the American Heart Association, including recipes, foods that are high in sodium, and how to get started with being more physically active.

Here are some ebooks on heart health on Hoopla.

-Archana, Adult Services & Acquisitions Librarian

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