February is American Heart Month. About 800,000 people die every year from heart disease.
The Sanford Health Art and Heart event kicked off with Cardiologist Stephen Boateng telling guests what they need to know to keep their hearts healthy.
Stephen Boateng: “More people die from heart disease in North Dakota than every single cancer combined.”
He says that fortunately, there’s a lot we can do to prevent heart disease.
Watch your blood pressure and cholesterol, don’t use tobacco, exercise daily and stay active, monitor your sugar intake and know your family’s medical history.
A person dies every 40 seconds from heart disease, which is why Sanford is hosting this event to raise some awareness. But for now, the only stroke that you need to worry about, is your brush stroke.
Marlene Geiger said she’s had some heart health warning signs.
Marlene Geiger: “Because I’m on high blood pressure and cholesterol pills and I’m overweight, and with some of the other danger things, it’s like, wow…I need to do that test.”
Another painter, Taylor Kitcan says being informed is important at every age.
Taylor Kitcan: “It’s kind of opened my eyes. I’m only 23 but you know, heart attacks could happen to anyone.”
Everyone painted a colorful heart on their canvas for American Heart Month.
Taylor Kitcan: “I’m thinking the finished product will be better than what it is now so I’m crossing my fingers.”
Like their paintings, life is more colorful with a healthy heart. Doctor Boateng said that more people die from heart disease in North Dakota, than every type of cancer combined.