Kenwood University: Heart Month

heart awareness month A representative from Gentiva Home Healthcare will lead a Kenwood University Class titled “Heart Health” at 2 p.m. Monday, Feb. 10, at The Kenwood retirement community, 825 Summit Avenue, Minneapolis. February is Heart Awareness Month.

Heart disease is the leading cause of death in both men and women in the United States, and about 600,000 people die of heart disease in the US annually.

Risk factors for developing heart disease include:
•    having diabetes
•    being overweight or obese
•    a poor diet
•    being physically inactive
•    excessive alcohol use
•    high blood pressure
•    high LDL cholesterol
•    smoking

There are a number of ways people can help prevent heart disease. Avoiding tobacco use, increasing exercise and eating a healthy diet low in saturated and trans fats and high in fruits and vegetables are three easy ways to help ensure a healthy heart. In addition, regular health screenings for conditions such as diabetes, blood pressure and cholesterol levels help detect a potential problem before it becomes unmanageable.

Warning signs of heart attacks include chest pain, shortness of breath, nausea, lightheadedness or cold sweats and upper body pain or discomfort in the arms, back, neck, jaw or upper stomach.

The Kenwood is a rental retirement community which provides independent and assisted living apartments and a full schedule of activities and services. Furnished apartments are also available for a short-term stay – a weekend, a week, a month or longer.

The program is free and open to the public. For more information call 612-374-8100.