Did you know heart disease is the number one killer of Americans? February is American Heart Month, a time to pay special attention to understanding, preventing and treating heart disease.

Heart disease is also Wyoming’s leading cause of death, according to the Wyoming Department of Health.

Taking care of mental and physical well-being are two of the most important factors within a person’s control that can lead to living a longer and healthier life, according to the American Heart Association.

Here are some examples of how you can care for your mental and physical well-being that can help with heart health:

– Exercise. Do at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity a week – that’s about 21 minutes a day and recommended by the AHA. If that seems like a lot, try just getting started and work your way there.

, Take these steps to help your heart health, North Platte Valley Medical Center– Eat healthy. The AHA recommends eating a variety of vegetables, fruits and lean meats. Cut back on saturated fat and sodium. See examples here.

– No smoking or vaping. Learn more about Wyoming Quit Tobacco by calling 1-800-QUIT-NOW or visiting https://www.quitwyo.org.

– Maintain a healthy weight.

– Control blood sugar, cholesterol and blood pressure.

– Get a regular checkup. Appointments available at the Platte Valley Clinic (307) 326-3169.

– Find ways to relax and ease your mind. Take a walk, take some deep breaths, do something you enjoy, listen to relaxing music, or do something creative like doodling or watercolor.

, Take these steps to help your heart health, North Platte Valley Medical Center– Get a calcium scoring CT scan at NPVMC. This is when a CT scanner takes pictures of your heart’s arteries. It can detect calcium deposits in the coronary arteries and heart. Calcium deposits can narrow the arteries and increase the risk of a heart attack. The scan is for screening purposes only. Call for an appointment (307) 326-3169.

Taking care of your heart is also good for your brain, according to the AHA. Many of the risk factors for heart disease, including high blood pressure, diabetes and obesity, are also related to brain diseases such as stroke, Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementia.

Overall, taking care of your mental and physical well-being are worth it.

Join us for a free seminar: Food & Heart Health – What to eat to minimize risk for heart disease.

Thursday, February 22 at 12:15-12:45 p.m. at the Platte Valley Community Center.

North Platte Valley Medical Center’s Registered Dietitian Meaghan Henry will give a short presentation and answer questions.

, Take these steps to help your heart health, North Platte Valley Medical Center