routine Medical Checkups: How's Your Heart?

What did the doctor say about your heart after your last medical checkup?

Oh, you haven’t had a physical examination? Ever? Maybe not in the last few years?

Well, then … maybe you should pay closer attention to what’s being said – especially this month – about your heart and your life!

February is National Heart Month – one month set aside each year by the American Heart Association and its 1,507 local chapters, including those in the Frederick area, to remind you to be concerned about your “ticker” every day of the year.

This month is also the time the area Heart Association conducts its annual fund-raising campaign for contributions from you and your neighbors, as well as from the companies you work for. This campaign is the only source of financial support for all the good work carried out by the association.

Because almost every person benefits by the extensive research, education and other programs financed by the Heart Association, the goal of the campaign is to give each person an opportunity to contribute something to the effort.

“Education” is particularly important in the work of the Heart Association in keeping you informed about “your heart.”

Available for you are pieces of literature telling in layman’s terms, just about everything one needs to know to guard against heart attack, stroke and other related risk factors – all underscored with the advice – “get a regular heart check from your physician.”

Also free for the asking are films, speakers and special programs – ail designed to educate you about your heart – for classes, businesses and industries.

For example, does your company have a blood-pressure program? It’s offered by the local Heart Association and may just help save your life or the life of one of your fellow employees – maybe even your boss, without whom you may not have a job!

The American Heart Association has vital work under way, and seven of its top priorities include:

• High Blood Pressure: to reduce the prevalence of uncontrolled high blood pressure.

• Emergency Cardiac Care: to increase the availability, utilization and quality of emergency cardiac care.

• Cardiac Rehabilitation: to increase the extent and excellence of cardiac rehabilitation services.

• Stroke: to increase the availability and effectiveness of acute and rehabilitative care for stroke patients.

• Heart Health Education in the Young: to influence youth to develop behavior patterns which will improve their cardiovascular health throughout life.

• Nutrition: to influence Americans to modify their dietary habits to conform with AHA recommendations.

• Smoking Control: to influence Americans to modify their cigarette smoking habits.

In addition, local community programs benefit a wide spectrum of the public, helping physicians, their patients and people in general take advantage of services designed to:

• Prevent heart attack, stroke, and rheumatic fever; and control hypertension.

Identify, through screening, children and adults with high risk of cardiovascular diseases.

• Reduce risks through programs to control smoking, hypertension and diet.

• Provide training in cardiopulmonary resuscitation and emergency cardiac care.

How is your heart?

Why not find out. Send a check to the Heart Fund and call your physician to schedule a medical examination.

Do it today. You owe it to your heart – and your family.