Oak Hill, WV (WVNS) – Plateau Medical Center is taking the entire month of February to help maintain Heart Health with the 28-Day Healthy Heart Challenge.

Heart disease is a leading cause of death in the United States, claiming the lives of more than 650,000 people each year. Since 1964, February has been recognized as American Heart Month – a time of year dedicated to increasing awareness about heart health and highlighting steps we can take to create a heart healthy lifestyle.

This year, Plateau Medical Center is taking the entire month of February to help people in the community learn ways to reduce their risks with the 28-Day Healthy Heart Challenge. Participants will receive a daily email with short, informative articles, quick tips, and a daily challenge to promote heart health.

“At Plateau Medical Center, we are committed to helping people live healthier and, for most of us, there’s no better place to start than taking better care of our hearts. People who join us for this challenge will find the content takes only a couple of minutes to read each day. It is fun, sometimes surprising, always informative, and it can be life-saving. I hope everyone will sign up for the challenge and join us on a 28-day journey to a healthier heart.”

Justus Smith, Plateau Medical Center CEO

The 28-Day Healthy Heart Challenge includes 28 challenges that can help participants eat healthier, get up from a sedentary lifestyle, relieve stress and lower blood pressure. To sign-up for the 28-Day Healthy Heart Challenge, you can visit Plateau Medical Center’s website here.

In most cases, heart disease is preventable. Holli Carag, Cardiology Physician Assistant tells us there are plenty of ways to prevent it.

“By adopting a healthy lifestyle, including not smoking, exercising regularly, maintaining a healthy weight, controlling blood sugar and cholesterol and treating high blood pressure, we can all reduce our risk for heart disease.”

Holli Carag, Cardiology Physician Assistant

Here are some other facts everyone should know about heart disease:

● In the U.S., one person dies every 34 seconds from cardiovascular disease.

● Every year, about 800,000 Americans suffer a heart attack.

● Nearly half of American adults (47%) suffer from high blood pressure, or hypertension, which increases the risk of a heart attack and stroke. However, only about 1 in 4 people with high blood pressure have their condition under control.