Hearts and Hands: A Healthy Connection



February is all about hearts. Candy hearts. Chocolate hearts. Heart-shaped Valentines. 

It's also about heart health.

In fact, February is American Heart Month — a federally-designated event that shines a spotlight on the importance of good cardiovascular health to keep our families and communities free of debilitating heart disease.

The COVID Connection

Over the past year, we’ve all been focusing on protecting our lungs from exposure to COVID-19. While the virus most commonly affects the respiratory system, it’s important to understand that it can also lead to serious heart problems.

That’s because there’s a direct relationship between the lungs and the heart. The lungs supply oxygen to the heart muscle, which in turn pumps oxygen to the other organs and tissues in the body. When the lungs are damaged, they supply less oxygen to the heart, which forces the heart to work harder to do its job1.

What does this have to do with my hands?

Good hand hygiene plays an important role in preventing exposure to all kinds of germs – including COVID-19 – thus helping reduce the risk of damage to your lungs, heart, and other organs2.

The CDC advises that one of the simplest and most effective ways of preventing infection is by washing your hands with soap and water whenever possible — because handwashing reduces our exposure to all types of germs.

When soap and water are not available, the CDC says that using a hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol can help you avoid getting sick and spreading germs to others. This comes in handy in all kinds of situations— like when you’re in the car, at outdoor events, and at work or school.

Doing it Right

When using hand sanitizer, the CDC recommends that you apply the product to the palm of one hand and rub the liquid all over the surfaces of your hands until they are dry3. Make sure to use enough hand sanitizer to cover both sides of your hands and between your fingers — just as you do with soap.

 So, this month, while we’re paying attention to our hearts — let’s make sure we also pay attention to our hands. The more we practice good hand hygiene, the more our hearts will thank us!

Dynarex has a full line of hand sanitizers — all containing at least 70% alcohol — in convenient sizes for individual use, travel, families, and group settings.

Sources:

1. https://lunginstitute.com/blog/how-lung-disease-affects-your-heart/

2. https://www.lung.org/blog/clean-hands-healthy-lungs

3. https://www.cdc.gov/handwashing/show-me-the-science-hand-sanitizer.html