It is not too late to get a flu shot, we are still in the flu season. Many people know that getting a flu shot is important because it helps prevent getting the flu. An article from the Harvard Medical School talks about another important reason: your heart!
"If you're one of the 60% of Americans who often skip the flu shot, rethink that. When you have the flu, your body is awash in inflammation. We know chronic inflammation is bad for you, and the flu puts a tremendous strain on your body, damaging blood vessel walls. A recent study found that those who got the flu vaccine had a 36 percent lower risk of having a major cardiac event the next year. “Flu doesn’t cause coronary artery disease; the coronary artery disease is already there, but the flu exacerbates it, just like anger or stress does when someone has a temper tantrum that leads to a heart attack,” says Marcus.”
To read the full article click here.
February is National American Heart Month!
Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women. To prevent heart disease and increase awareness of its effects, Greendale Health Department is proudly participating in American Heart Month. Locally, 10% of adults are affected by heart disease*.
Additionally 28% and 37% of Greendale adults are affected by high blood cholesterol and high blood pressure respectively*.
Fortunately, at least 90% of all cases are controlled through meds, therapy or lifestyle changes*! Greendale residents are doing a great job controlling these chronic conditions, here are some tips to keep up management and prevent more heart disease in our community:
- Watch your weight.
- Quit smoking and stay away from secondhand smoke.
- Control your cholesterol and blood pressure.
- If you drink alcohol, drink only in moderation.
- Get active and eat healthy.
Check out these resources for ideas on how to control a pre-existing condition or prevent the onset of heart disease:
DASH diet**: The Dietary Approches to Stop Hypertension diet is lifelong approach designed to lower or prevent hypertension. To learn more about the DASH diet, check out Mayo Clinic's website
Smoking quit line: Talk to smoking cessation experts for help kicking the habit!
Physical activity**: Aerobic activity is great for maintaining a healthy weight and a heathy heart. Take a nice brisk walk on one of many of Greendale's walking trails or check out the Health Department Programs and Events page for information on the Hallway Walkers program at the Greendale High School.
* Data collected through the 2015 Community Health Survey (Aurora).
**Always check with your doctor before begining a new diet or workout routine!
The National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) is conducting a nation-wide survey. Greendale residents may be randomly selected to participate as part of the survey sample. This is a real, non-marketing survey. Conducted annually, the NSDUH is the primary source of national and state-level data concerning alcohol, tobacco, and drug use. Information from this study is used by government agencies, policy makers, and researchers to monitor substance abuse trends and design and support
prevention, treatment, and education programs. All information is kept completely confidentials and used for statistical purposes ONLY. For more information, please visit the NSDUH website or call the Greendale Health Department at 414-423-2110.