February is American Heart Month and a new national survey commissioned by The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center found that even though heart attacks are increasingly common in younger people, many don’t believe they are at risk for heart disease. The survey found that 47% of those under age 45 don’t think they are at risk for heart disease. This is mainly due to conditions such as obesity and high blood pressure leading to heart disease at younger ages. About a third of those surveyed weren’t confident they would know if they were having a heart attack. To prevent and manage health conditions, it is important to exercise, get enough sleep, eat a healthy diet, quit smoking and vaping, maintain a healthy weight, and keep blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar numbers in a healthy range. Dave Conway of Clintonville, Ohio, suffered a heart attack at the age of 30 and he hopes to help others who go through similar life-changing events by raising awareness about heart health and heart disease.
Today: December 6, 2023