Thursday, January 22, 2009

February Is Heart Disease Awareness Month

February is Heart Disease Awareness Month. Being the #1 cause of death in the U.S., killing someone every 34 seconds (1), it is crucial for each of us to educate ourselves on this very serious disease. What better time to do this than during Heart Disease Awareness Month?

I, for one, was diagnosed with heart disease when I was in my 20's and I feel fortunate. One might ask how in the world I could feel fortunate that I have heart disease. Well, it's not having heart disease that I feel fortunate about. It's the fact that I found out I have it. Thousands of people die unexpectedly every year because they don't know the 'signs' of an impending heart attack. In other words, they haven't become educated on the matter. Being diagnosed motivates a person to learn everything he/she can possibly learn about it, and that's exactly what I did. Not only was I able to begin appropriate treatment but I'm aware of danger signs to look for and what to do should they arise. To be on Heart/BP medication in your 30's definitely isn't any fun but it beats the possible alternative.

The important thing to remember here is that Awareness and Education could save your or a Loved One's life and you don't have to be diagnosed with heart disease to obtain that knowledge. Make this February the time to educate yourself on heart disease. A great place to start is the
American Heart Association website.

Of course, another key to 'getting the word out' about Heart Disease is raising and promoting Awareness.
Awareness Gift Boutique has created some awesome designs that we will be releasing just in time for Heart Disease Awareness Month. We'll be posting some of our new Heart Disease Awareness t-shirts, gifts, and apparel in the next day, or two, so be sure to check back for a Sneak Peak :-)


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