Caregivers help 1.6 million heart failure patients at home--did you know that? Many of us have--or have had--elderly family with heart issues, mine included.
If validation is needed about the importance of heart health and heart risk
--The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention call February "Heart Month:"
--The National Institutes of Health recognize the month, featuring a February 2015 "tool kit" from the American Heart Assn.
--The American Assn. of Heart Failure Caregivers offers information especially for caregivers.
--This week, February 7-14, is Congenital Heart Defects Awareness Week.
--February 6th was National Wear Red Day
Are we all getting the message? Heart disease is the #1 cause of death for men and women. Yet many women are still not aware, evidently. And since more caregivers are women, there is a special emphasis on women's heart health as demonstrated through the "Wear Red Day" initiative.
Clearly caregiving requires putting others' needs before our own--and we get good at it, don't we! We can easily feel we're indispensable. We also know if we get very sick we're of no help to anyone---but somehow the logic escapes us when we push and overextend ourselves.
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