February is American Heart Month

Heart disease is the No. 1 killer of men and women each year, leading to the deaths of about 610,000 people each year in the United States.

The good news is that heart disease is preventable.

February is American Heart Month, and heart experts at University of Iowa Heart and Vascular Center will be speaking out about heart disease and what you can do to prevent it. The more you know about heart disease, the better chance you have of beating it.

Visit the new Heart Check Station at Coral Ridge Mall for free blood pressure screening. High blood pressure is the “silent killer” because it often has no warning signs or symptoms, and many people do not know they have it. This simple screening is just one strategy to taking control of your health and reducing your risk for heart disease. 

Throughout the month of February you’re invited to visit University of Iowa Health Care’s social media channels and join the conversation to learn:

  • how our cardiologists are practicing what they preach to their patients;
  • how our programs, services and people are helping with the fight against heart disease. 

Visitors to the UI Hospitals & Clinics on Facebook, Twitter, or uihc.org are invited to take the Heart Health Pledge and implement heart-healthy behaviors to reduce heart disease risk.  Every submitted pledge will be entered in a drawing for a FitBit activity tracker. 

Friday, Feb. 1, 2019, is National Wear Red Day. By wearing red, you are helping to raise awareness about cardiovascular disease. When we come together, there’s nothing we can’t do. Wear red, take a selfie, and share it with #WearRedandGive.

More about UI Heart and Vascular Center

University of Iowa Heart and Vascular Center is home to more than 60 of the nation’s most experienced and highly trained cardiologists, cardiothoracic and vascular surgeons using state-of-the-art technology. Patients can access the latest heart and vascular treatment options and procedures via the main campus outpatient clinic in Iowa City, at the easy-to-access Iowa River Landing clinic in Coralville, or at one of the 12 outpatient clinics across eastern Iowa. New cardiology patients can be seen within 48 hours of requesting an appointment, ensuring the right treatment, at the right time, by the right specialists. University of Iowa Health Care is changing heart care and changing lives.