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February is Heart Month

Our Awareness campaign focus for February 2014

At hipS-sister we are always looking at ways to enhance the lives of the women in our sisterhood and continue to educate ourselves in order to lead healthier, happier lives.

In an effort to move forward in this direction, we are going to focus, every month, on a different awareness campaign. It is our hope that through word of mouth and social media, you can help us spread the word.

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February is American Heart Month.

Heart disease is a major problem. Every year, about 715,000 Americans have a heart attack. About 600,000 people die from heart disease in the United States each year—that’s 1 out of every 4 deaths. Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women.

The term “heart disease” refers to:

The term “heart disease” refers to several types of heart conditions. The most common type in the United States is coronary heart disease (also called coronary artery disease), which occurs when a substance called plaque builds up in the arteries that supply blood to the heart. Coronary heart disease can cause heart attack, angina, heart failure, and arrhythmias.

Cardiovascular disease, including heart disease and stroke, costs the United States $312.6 billion each year. This total includes the cost of health care services, medications, and lost productivity. These conditions also are leading causes of disability, preventing Americans from working and enjoying family activities.

The situation is alarming, but there is good news—heart disease is preventable and controllable. We can start by taking small steps every day to bring our loved ones and ourselves closer to heart health. CDC is providing a tip a day throughout February, but you can take these small steps all year long.

One step at a time.

As you begin or continue your journey to better heart health, keep these things in mind:

  • Don't become overwhelmed. Every step brings you closer to a healthier heart.
  • Don't go it alone. The journey is more fun when you have company. Ask friends and family to join you.
  • Don't get discouraged. You may not be able to take all of the steps at one time. Get a good night's sleep and do what you can tomorrow.
  • Reward yourself. Find fun things to do to decrease your stress. Round up some colleagues for a lunchtime walk, join a singing group, or have a healthy dinner with your family or friends.

Be aware of the symptoms:

The five major symptoms of a heart attack are

  • Pain or discomfort in the jaw, neck, or back.
  • Feeling weak, light-headed, or faint.
  • Chest pain or discomfort.
  • Pain or discomfort in arms or shoulder.
  • Shortness of breath.
  • If you think that you or someone you know is having a heart attack, call 9–1–1 immediately.

Have a plan for prevention!

Some health conditions and lifestyle factors can put people at a higher risk for developing heart disease. You can help prevent heart disease by making healthy choices and managing any medical conditions you may have.

  • Eat a healthy diet.
  • Maintain a healthy weight.
  • Exercise regularly.
  • Monitor your blood pressure.
  • Don't smoke.
  • Limit alcohol use.
  • Have your cholesterol checked.
  • Manage your diabetes.
  • Take your medicine.

For more info on any of the points above, just send us an email.

Our goal at hipS-sister this month!

This month at hipS-sister we want to spread the word about heart disease prevention. We want to help all our sisters and brothers take a few small steps towards a healthier, longer and better life.

You are invited to read 28 days to a healthier heart here. It's at a great resource for tips and easy steps to follow for a healthier heart. Share this information with your friends and family.

You can also follow the “million hearts” initiative on Facebook. It’s wonderful initiative though which the hope is to prevent a million heart attacks and strokes in the United States by 2017.

Not only do we want to educate our customers, followers, friends and family, we also want to give back. For every sale of a red hipS-sister with heart bling, we will donate $1.00 to the American Heart Association GO Red initiative. Click here to start shopping and supporting our efforts.

More about Go Red here.

As always, thank you for being by our side!

Your hipS-sisters S, S, T, K, J

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