CIS Celebrates Heart Month

Cardiovascular Institute of the South (CIS) is celebrating American Heart Month this February by creating awareness on the importance of prevention and early detection.

Heart disease takes more lives than all forms of cancer combined. Every 37 seconds, an American dies of heart disease meaning that in this pandemic, heart disease is still a very real threat. Now more than ever, heart health is important and symptoms should not be ignored.

Heart disease accounts for 25 percent of deaths in our state. Particularly in Louisiana, the prevalence of obesity and diabetes means that our communities are at greater risk of heart disease. Knowing risk factors and maintaining visits with a cardiologist are some of the best ways to ensure heart health.

Heart disease can strike anyone at any age. In fact, it is becoming more prevalent in those under the age of 60. Heart disease can also be a silent killer, with no symptoms until a heart attack or stroke occur. That is why it is important to determine risk factors now and take preventative measures to lessen risk.