In February President Lyndon B. Johnson, among the millions of people in the country who'd had heart attacks, issued the first proclamation in 1964. Since then, February has been declared American Heart Month.
This year, awareness is even more important due to the impact of the coronavirus on the public's heart health, including potential harmful effects on the heart and vascular system, according to recent research.
Ways for you and your family to stay safe
More than 280,000 Americans had died of COVID-19 as of early December, and 95 percent of COVID-19 deaths in the U.S. have occurred among people who were 50 or older, and preexisting conditions such as obesity, heart disease, autoimmune diseases and type 2 diabetes make the coronavirus infection even riskier.
We have isolated ourselves for more than nine months, and the psychological toll of COVID is still very real. A study from early in the pandemic found “moderate” and “severe” depression symptoms had tripled, and this holiday we are missing our friends and loved ones more than ever.
So how can we safely celebrate the holidays at the end of such a long and lousy year?