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    NMCP Hosts Heart Health Fair for American Heart Month

    NMCP Hosts Heart Health Fair for American Heart Month

    Photo By Seaman Imani Daniels | PORTSMOUTH, Va. (Feb. 14, 2020) Naval Medical Center Portsmouth’s (NMCP) Health...... read more read more



    Story by Seaman Imani Daniels 

    Naval Medical Center - Portsmouth

    PORTSMOUTH, Va. (Feb. 14, 2020) Naval Medical Center Portsmouth’s (NMCP) Health Promotion and Wellness Department hosted a Heart Health Fair on Feb. 14, to raise awareness on heart disease during American Heart Month. The event featured informational pamphlets and statistics to educate the medical center staff and beneficiaries about the importance of taking care of your heart.

    One in every four deaths in the United States is due to heart disease. That’s nearly 610,000 Americans each year. Although these statistics are staggering, the good news is that many of the risk factors that contribute to heart disease are preventable and controllable if you’re young at heart.

    Heart age is the calculated age of your heart after factoring in your risk factors for heart disease. It often varies from your chronological age. In fact, on average, American adults have hearts seven years older that their actual age. Advanced aging is due to a number of risk factors, such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol and smoking. When you consider that nearly half of all Americans have at least one of these three risk factors, that concern for heart disease becomes very real.

    Fortunately, it’s never too late to change your behaviors. Heart health can be improved at any age by eating healthy, exercising regularly, quitting tobacco, reducing stress, limiting alcohol consumption and managing your weight.

    As the U.S. Navy's oldest, continuously-operating military hospital since 1830, Naval Medical Center Portsmouth proudly serves past and present military members and their families. The nationally-acclaimed, state-of-the-art medical center, along with the area's 10 branch health and TRICARE Prime Clinics, provide care for the Hampton Roads area. The medical center also supports premier research and teaching programs designed to prepare new doctors, nurses and hospital corpsman for future roles in healing and wellness.



    Date Taken: 02.14.2020
    Date Posted: 02.19.2020 08:13
    Story ID: 363379
    Location: PORTSMOUTH, VA, US 

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