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Posted on 04/28/17 by Liz Steele

Many people believe that they aren’t at risk for heart disease. They explain that they “aren’t old enough” or that they feel they get a “relatively healthy diet.” But the fact of the matter is this: You might be at risk for heart disease regardless of age, and in reality, the food you eat might not be as healthy as you think.

Cardiovascular disease is the nation’s number one killer. In San Antonio alone, 28 percent of deaths each year are connected to heart disease. This condition is preventable. Preemptive actions such as eating a healthy diet, regularly checking your blood pressure, and knowing the warning signs all help to protect you and loved ones from falling victim to heart disease.

In San Antonio, the American Heart Association’s efforts to combat this disease include advocating, educating and supporting the community with information and resources on cardiovascular disease. Aligning alongside AARP’s age-friendly efforts, the American Heart Association aims to build healthier lives for individuals where they work and live.

In addition to these goals, the association provides the public with free online tools such as the Check. Change. Control. program.

Check. Change. Control. is a hypertension management program that allows individuals to monitor and take control of their health. Participants set goals, track their physical activity, and monitor weight and blood pressure–all for free! The American Heart Association developed this tool to promote blood pressure monitoring since high blood pressure is the paramount risk factor of heart disease and strokes.

They also present classes on CPR training, volunteering opportunities, and free events open to the public.

In conjunction with National Stroke Awareness month, the American Heart Association in San Antonio hopes to educate the public on cardiovascular disease and strokes through hosting the Vestido Rojo Women’s Conference.

The women’s conference, including workshops, health screenings, and more, is on Saturday, May 13, from 8 am to 1 pm. This event is presented in association with Go Red Por Tu Corazon, the American Heart Association’s nationwide movement celebrating the energy, passion and power of Hispanic women to band together and wipe out heart disease and strokes. The free event is open to the public and space is limited to the first 1,100 women.

Keep informed and know what resources and information are readily available to you!

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