Did you know February is Heart Health Month? And although heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women in America, it’s also one of the most preventable diseases. In the spirit of heart health month, let’s raise awareness together – make healthy choices day-to-day, get to know your family health history and get regular check-ups to give yourself the best chance of staying healthy, longer.
Here’s something to get you started today – a tasty (and heart healthy) recipe from the American Heart Association.
Balsamic Glazed Fish
- 4-4 oz fillet fish
- black pepper
- 3/4 cup balsamic vinegar
- 1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- 1 Tbsp lemon juice
- Heat Oven to 450 degrees.
- Season fish to taste with pepper. Place on a cookie sheet or in a 9 x 13 inch casserole dish and bake 10-12 minutes.
- While the fish cooks combine remaining ingredients and whisk well. Microwave covered on 50% heat for 2 minutes, stirring half-way.
- Drizzle glaze over fish and serve.
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Some of us might give our significant others and family members flowers and chocolates on Valentine’s Day, but did you know that February 14th is also National Donor Day? That’s right – in the spirit of love and giving, today is all about celebrating past donors and raising awareness for the five points of life: organs, tissues, marrow, platelets and blood.
There is an urgent need for donors in the world today. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services…1
- …every 10 minutes, a patient is added to the organ donor waiting list
- …every day, an average of 18 patients die due to a shortage of available organs
- …in 2010, there were 2.5 million deaths in the U.S. alone – imagine if all of them were organ donors, because…
- …right now, there are more than enough people waiting for an organ to fill a large football stadium twice over
So, how can you help? You can register to become an organ or tissue donor, or you can find a local blood or platelet drive and register for the Be The Match national bone marrow registry.
If you have received an organ donation – or are waiting for one – you can reach out to the transplant community at PatientsLikeMe and connect with members who have received heart, kidney, liver, lung or pancreas transplants, among many other types. You can also check out the extensive PatientVoice report on what life is like after a transplant and share your experience in the PatientsLikeMe transplant forums.
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