Valentine’s Day is an opportunity to celebrate love and to focus on heart health.  Staying active, eating healthy, and living a smoke-free life help to keep the heart healthy.  

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, it is essential to know your risk for heart disease and stroke.  Taking action to reduce your risk can start with the ABCS of heart health:

  • Aspirin: Aspirin may help reduce your risk for heart disease and stroke. But do not take aspirin if you think you are having a stroke. It can make some types of stroke worse. Before taking aspirin, talk to your doctor about whether aspirin is right for you.
  • Blood pressure: Control your blood pressure.
  • Cholesterol: Manage your cholesterol.
  • Smoking: Quit smoking, or don’t start.

Smoking cigarettes is a significant cause of heart disease and stroke, causing 1 out of every 3 deaths from cardiovascular disease, and secondhand smoke exposure causes heart attack and stroke in nonsmokers.     

“Valentine’s Day is an opportunity to remind people that there are tools available to help with quitting smoking,” said Dr. Jocelyn Pouliot, chief medical officer at Family Health Care. “Talk to your health care provider or call the Michigan Tobacco Quitline today. Quitting tobacco use is the single best thing you can do for your health.”  

The Michigan Tobacco Quitline is an evidence-based service that continues to provide free telephone coaching for the uninsured, pregnant women, residents enrolled in Medicaid and Medicare, veterans, cancer patients, and American Indians. Free nicotine replacement therapy is also available through the Quitline for those who qualify. The Quitline provides services including materials, text messaging, an online program, and referral to all Michigan residents.  Tobacco users can call the Quitline at 1-800-784-8669.  

For more information about the Michigan Tobacco Quitline visit michigan.quitlogix.org, call 1-800-784-8669, or contact Family Health Care’s Community Outreach at (231) 689-0885.