Welcome to North Shore Health Department Need a license for the DNC? North Shore Health Department Highlights - 2/18/2020 - Heart Health Did you know? February is Heart Month, the perfect time to learn about your risk for heart disease and the steps you could take now to help your heart. Heart disease—and the conditions that lead to it—can happen at any age. High rates of obesity and high blood pressure among younger people (ages 35-64) are putting them at risk for heart disease earlier in life. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), half of all Americans have at least one of the top three risk factors for heart disease (high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and smoking). The below conditions and behaviors that put all people at risk for heart disease are appearing at younger ages: High blood pressure (HBP). Millions of Americans of all ages have high blood pressure, including millions of people in their 40s and 50s. About half of people with high blood pressure don’t have it under control. Having uncontrolled high blood pressure is one of the biggest risks for heart disease and other harmful conditions, such as stroke. To learn more about HBP, go to the NSHD website (https://www.nshealthdept.org/ChronicDisease.aspx) and take the Blood Pressure 101 quiz under Resources on right of screen. High blood cholesterol. High cholesterol can increase the risk for heart disease. Having diabetes and obesity, smoking, eating unhealthy foods, and not getting enough physical activity can all contribute to unhealthy cholesterol levels. To learn more about controlling cholesterol levels, go to: https://www.cdc.gov/cholesterol/prevention-management.htm Smoking. More than 37 million U.S. adults are current smokers, and thousands of young people start smoking each day. Smoking damages the blood vessels and can cause heart disease. If you do smoke, call the Wisconsin Tobacco Quit Line. This is a free service to help people quit smoking, vaping, or other tobacco use. It is sponsored by the Wisconsin Department of Health Services. Call 800-QUIT-NOW (800-784-8669) to talk to a friendly quit coach. No matter how old you are, you are in the driver’s seat when it comes to your heart. Learn how to be heart healthy at any age. Go to: https://www.cdc.gov/heartdisease/index.htm Missed the highlights? Click here to view previous highlights.