Senior Spotlight: American Heart Month Is Here

american-heartmonth-3As we prepare to welcome a month that is all about hearts – keep in mind that it is all about health too! While February may be best known for hosting Valentine’s Day – it is also American Heart Month! Plus, the first Friday in February is National Red Wear Day, in an effort to bring greater attention to heart disease as the leading cause of death for Americans. The National Heart, Lung & Blood Institute and The Heart Truth encourage you to wear red and pledge to be more active to protect your heart and support those around you!

Our team here at Bobbi Decker Real Estate would like to acknowledge that nothing is more important than your health. We share these facts below regarding heart disease and older Americans not to scare you, but to educate you on risk factors and encourage discussions with your health care team and family about living your best life – inside and out.

From The American Heart Association & American Stroke Association

-Based on 2011 to 2014 data, an estimated 92.1 million American adults (>1 in 3) have 1 or more types of Cardiovascular Disease (CVD).

-For the 60–79-year-old age group, the following have CVD: 69.6% of males; 68.6% of females.

-For the 80+ year-old age group, the following have CVD: 84.4% of males; 86.5% of females.

-About two-thirds of CVD deaths occur in people age 75.

-Average age of first heart attack is 65.6 years for males and 72.0 years for females. and older.

-Stroke patients >85 years of age make up 17% of all stroke patients.

-For the 80+year-old age group, the following have had a stroke: 13.8% of males; 14.9% of females.

-With the increase in the aging population, prevalence of stroke survivors is projected to increase, especially among elderly females.

-For the 65–74-year-old age group, the following have high blood pressure: 63.6% of males; 65.8% of females.

It is also important to remember that heart disease can happen at any age. In fact, the CDC reports that for 1 in 2 men, and 2 in 5 women, their heart age is 7 years older than it should be!

While we do not intend to provide medical advice, we do encourage you to speak with your doctor ASAP about your own risk for heart diseases and related conditions. Be sure to work with your doctor to manage medical conditions over time – as the ways you manage high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, obesity and more can all change overtime. Please take this opportunity to pledge to make February the month for your heart and your health! You are worth it, I KNOW it.

More About National Wear Red Day (Click Here)

More About American Heart Month (Click Here) 

More About Your Heart Age From The CDC (Click Here)

American Heart Association (Click Here) 

American Stroke Association (Click Here) 

Go Red For Women (Click Here) 

All my best,


Bobbi Decker, SRES®, CIPS®
Broker Associate, Today Sotheby’s International Realty
Bobbi Decker & Associates
BRE 00607999
p. 650.346.5352

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