February Is American Heart Month: Are You at Risk for Heart Disease?
During the month of February, the human heart is seen as the symbol of love. February is American Heart Month, a time to show yourself the love. Learn about your risks for heart disease and stroke and stay “heart healthy” for yourself and your loved ones.
Cardiovascular disease (CVD)—including heart disease, stroke, and high blood pressure—is the number 1 killer of women and men in the United States. It is a leading cause of disability, preventing Americans from working and enjoying family activities. CVD costs the United States over $300 billion each year, including the cost of health care services, medications, and lost productivity.
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You can control a number of risk factors for CVD, including:
- Physical activity
- Tobacco use
- High blood pressure
- High blood cholesterol
Try out these strategies for better heart health. You’ll be surprised how many of them can become lifelong habits!
- Get a checkup at least once each year.
- Monitor your blood pressure.
- Get your cholesterol checked.
- Eat a healthy diet.
- Maintain a healthy weight.
- Exercise regularly.
- Don’t smoke.
- Limit alcohol use.
- Manage your diabetes.
- Take your medicine.
Together, we all can prevent and manage heart disease, one step at a time.