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Heart Disease Has No Age
February 13, 2018

When we think of Heart Disease, what do we think of? Let’s be honest: family history, ages 45+; we as humans buy into all of the stereotypical signs about heart disease. Awareness needs to stretch further and we need to educate one another on how to prevent Heart Disease for all ages.

February is American Heart Month, and St. Luke’s is going above and beyond to raise awareness for Heart Disease at all ages. An example of this would be: for the past three years, St. Luke’s University Hospital-Bethlehem and St. Luke’s Allentown Campus have participated in the American Heart Association “Little Hats, Big Hearts” program by giving out red knitted hats for newborns to wear in the nurseries.

The public, in general, forgets how many different age ranges are affected by heart disease. Think of heart disease as a weed in your garden: a seed is planted in the ground like choices you may have made throughout your life, your genealogy or some other factor. This seed is planted at a young age and the weed grows throughout time. Now, to remove the weed, we need to pull it out from the roots; the most effective way.  

Removing the “weed” comes in many different forms. It is exercising throughout your life, it is clean eating, it is not smoking or being around second-hand smoke, but it needs to be done now. It doesn’t matter your age. It is never too late to change your lifestyle. Are you 20? 55? Male? Female? It doesn’t matter. The time is now for you to make adjustments and we at St. Luke’s strive to make all of our patients aware not only during American Heart Month, but throughout the rest of the year as well.