Loving Your Heart - for the Health of It!

January 17, 2020 - While February is best known for Valentine’s Day, did you know that it is also American Heart Month? This February, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service in partnership with the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce Health & Fitness Fair Committee recommends giving your heart love, too, by being aware of heart problems and the steps you can take to prevent them.

On Wednesday, February 5, 2020 from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m., Texas A&M AgriLife Extension in partnership with the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce Health & Fitness Fair Committee will host a lunch and learn on heart disease. Dr. I. Khan of The Heart Institute of East Texas will be our guest speaker. Dr. I. Khan travels to Center, TX and San Augustine, TX on Wednesday. He specializes in interventional cardiology, cardiovascular disease, internal medicine and echocardiography. 

Coronary Heart Disease (CHD) is the leading cause of death in the United States, accounting for 610,000 deaths each year, according to the Center for Disease Control (CDC). The root cause of heart disease is plaque formation and buildup that occurs when coronary arteries become clogged by cholesterol, fatty deposits, and calcium. Buildup causes arteries to become narrow, making it difficult for oxygen and blood to flow through the body and to the organs. 

Anyone is at risk for developing heart disease. However, people who have high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and smoke cigarettes are at higher risk. According to the CDC, about 47% of Americans have at least one of these risk factors. Additional factors that contribute to the progression of the disease include:

• Diabetes
• Being overweight or obese
• Poor diet
• Physical inactivity
• Excessive alcohol use
• Having a family history of heart disease
• Age, especially in women 55 and older

Dr. Khan will speak on heart disease to help you become aware of risk factors and other issues associated with cardiovascular disease. 

Be sure to RSVP to 936 598-7744 no later than Friday, January 31st if you would like to attend. Lunch will be provided, and space is limited. If you have questions, please contact Feleshia Thompson, County Extension Agent – Family and Community Health at the above number or via email at feleshia.thompson@ag.tamu.edu.

Sources: https://www.cdc.gov/heartdisease/facts.htm