American Heart Month
By Assistant Chief Jack Austin Jr.
February 1, 2022
February is upon us, which means we’ll be celebrating Valentine’s Day. But while you’re out purchasing items to express your love for your significant other, let’s be mindful of other matters of the heart.
It’s American Heart Month, which is designed to bring awareness to the many factors that surround heart disease, such as symptoms, complications, and risk factors.
According to the Centers for Disease Control, heart disease remains the leading cause of death in the United States. With this knowledge, the Choctaw Nation Health Services Authority (CNHSA) has prioritized identifying and treating cardiovascular health in the patients they serve.
“From early detection of heart conditions while still in the womb, thorough screening and monitoring during childhood, to ongoing care and treating into adulthood, CNHSA provides state of the detection and treatment of heart related issues,” stated Dr. Jason Hill, CNHSA Chief Medical Officer.
Dr. Hill noted that diabetes remains a major cause of developing heart disease and CNHSA encourages patients to be screened for both diabetes and heart disease, since early detection and treatment have proven to increase overall health and life span.
When it comes to improving our health, I encourage all of us to speak with our healthcare providers about necessary preventative measures that keep us healthy for ourselves and our loved one.
To contact the Choctaw Nation Health Services Authority call (800) 522-6170.