According to the American Heart Association, the leading cause of death in West Virginia is heart disease. West Virginia has the fourth highest death rate from cardiovascular-related diseases in the country.
The Barbour County Health Department is working to educate the community on healthy heart choices.
“You need to take care of yourself. Tobacco use and smoking is one of the leading causes of heart disease. We are trying to get people to be more aware and limit that. Folks need to get exercise and make sure that they eat right, that’s a huge help because you don’t want the cholesterol clogging up your arteries,” said Barbour County Health Department Administrator Annette Santilli.
Heart Health Month is not the only time the health department focuses on heart health. The health department is planning to a diabetes education class early next month.