February is American Heart Month

When you think about the month of February, the first thing that probably comes to mind is Valentine’s Day. In addition to sharing your love with that special someone in your life, February is American Heart month, making it the perfect time to show your own heart some love as well.

Despite how important our hearts are, cardiovascular disease, which includes heart attacks and strokes, is the number one killer of men and women in America. Cardiovascular disease is also the leading cause of disability because of the long term and irreversible damage it causes the heart. While this is sobering information, there’s good news. Everyone can reduce their risks of suffering from cardiovascular disease by making small changes in their everyday lives. To help spread the word about heart health this month,ReactDx Inc.has tips you can follow to reduce your risks of cardiovascular disease and information about cardiac monitoringdevices.

  • Visit your physician regularly – Make sure you talk to your doctor about your heart health and get tested regularly. Your doctor can let you know if you need to be concerned with your blood pressure or cholesterol and let you know what you can do to fix the problem.
  • Eat a healthy diet – Make sure you have a healthy variety of fruits, vegetables and whole grains in your diet. Avoid saturated fats and high levels of sodium to reduce the your cholesterol and blood-pressure levels.
  • Exercise regularly – The Surgeon General recommends about 150 minutes of physical activity per week for adults. Physical activity helps to strengthen your heart and eat away at fat that is built up in your body that would otherwise strain your heart.
  • Stop smoking – It’s been known for years that smoking is bad for your health. Smoking causes inflammation of the blood vessels that scars and weakens them over time. It also causes the vessels to become sticky and increase the likelihood of a clot forming and blocking blood flow. Seek help to stop as soon as possible.

Don’t overwhelm yourself with trying to do all of these at once. Each of these changes, no matter how simple it may seem, takes time to truly become a new part of your life. Take it one step at a time, your heart will thank you with a long and healthy life. ReactDx Inc. also provides cardiac monitoring solutions for heart-disease patients.

Jodi is a seasoned Human Resources professional who thrives on change and transformation. She fell in love with Human Resources when she attended Penn State University for graduate school in Public Administration with a curriculum that emphasized Human Resources. After earning her Master’s degree she began her career in the manufacturing industry in Talent Acquisition and was eventually assigned the overall HR Management responsibility of three divisions which included collective bargaining. Ultimately, she made her way to transitioning a new division of a Fortune 100 company under the corporate model as well as developing and executing Human Resources policies and procedures across a broad range of functional disciplines. At the next juncture of her career, she was tapped on the shoulder by former Executives that she previously worked with to join in on an exciting start-up. Today, Jodi is the Vice President of Talent Relations and Development for Medicomp Inc dba ReactDx and is responsible for managing the strategic Human Resources function which includes mergers and acquisitions for this rapidly expanding company.

Jodi and her husband enjoy landscaping, finding new restaurants and traveling whenever life gives them the opportunity.

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