Las Palmas Del Sol Healthcare February 23, 2015

In honor of American Heart Month, Las Palmas Del Sol Healthcare held its inaugural “Race for the Heart” run to raise awareness of heart disease—the leading cause of death for men and women—responsible for approximately 600,000 deaths each year.

The race was supported by the cardiology departments at Las Palmas Medical Center and Del Sol Medical Center and consisted of a 5K and 10K race, along with a 1-mile fun walk. More than 200 participants attended the event, which benefited the American Heart Association (AHA).

There are many risk factors associated with heart disease, including smoking, obesity and poor diet, and it can ultimately lead to heart failure or a stroke. Importantly, physical activity can reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease and is an essential part of recovery.

Approximately 85.6 million Americans are living with some form of cardiovascular disease or the after-effects of stroke. According to the AHA, studies show that stroke survivors who take 6,000 or more steps a day are more likely to remain stroke and vascular-event free than those who walk less than 6,000 steps daily.

By boosting activity levels following a heart attack or stroke, survivors may reduce their risk of future strokes and heart attacks.