The Hull Public Library has partnered with the Hull Public Health Nurse to provide resources on monthly health-related topics. Visit this page each month for updated information!
February – American Heart Month
February’s message from Hull Public Health Nurse, Rachel Gerold
The National Heart, lung and blood institute (https://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/) provides a lot of important information on the heart and ways to take care of your own heart health. The Heart is one of the most important organs in the body and it is important we try and take the best care of it.
The leading cause of death worldwide is Heart Disease which is defined as several types of heart conditions. The most common type of heart disease in the United States is coronary artery disease (CAD), which affects the blood flow to the
heart. Decreased blood flow can cause a heart attack. The symptoms of heart disease are sometimes silent and not diagnosed until the person experiences signs and symptoms of a heart attack, an arrhythmia or heart failure.
For the month of February and every month it is important to take a look at your own life and see how you can maintain a healthy heart. Lifestyle changes can prevent many cases of heart disease, such as: Quitting smoking, eating a healthier diet, exercising at least 30 minutes per day, five days a week, & maintaining a healthy weight.
Please take a look at the fact sheets below on the heart to learn more.
The Hull Board of Health provides Blood Pressure screenings as needed for all Hull residents!
We are at the Hull Senior Center on the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of the month from 10:30-11:30AM for blood pressure screenings as well. Please give me a call at (781) 925-2224 to get your blood pressure checked.
Heart Health Fact Sheets and Resources
- Heart fact sheet
- Heart smart basics
- Healthy blood pressure flyer
- Signs of a heart attack
- Types of heart disease
- Medline Plus – heart disease and diet