February is American Heart Month, and MUSC is working hard to get the word out about heart disease and prevention. Heart disease kills an estimated 630,000 Americans each year and is the leading cause of death for both men and women.
In the United States, the most common type of heart disease is coronary artery disease, which can lead to a heart attack. But heart disease is preventable in many cases. You can greatly reduce your risk through lifestyle changes and, in some cases, medication. Controlling and preventing risk factors is also important for people who already have heart disease.
Start Heart Month off right — take MUSC’s free Heart Aware Online Risk Assessment. This free, confidential tool evaluates your risk of cardiovascular disease, including congestive heart disease, in 10 minutes.
In addition, join MUSC this month at these fun events in February:
2nd Annual Go Red! Heart 5k Run & Walk
Saturday, Feb. 11 at 9 am
Charleston Harbor Resort and Marina Pavilion, Mt. Pleasant
Visit MUSChealth.com/goredrun to register. Proceeds from this certified 5k run / walk benefit the MUSC Women’s Heart Program and the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women campaign
Paws Go Red
Sunday, Feb. 26, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.
Visit pethelpers.org for more information. MUSC, The American Heart Association, and Pet Helpers team up at the James Island County Park for human and canine health, featuring health screenings for dogs and owners, pet and owner photo sessions, dog walk, a Go Red dog costume competition, and more.
Stingrays “Go Red” Hockey Game
Sunday, Feb. 26, 4 p.m.
Visit stingrayshockey.com for more information.