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February is National Heart Month


February is National Heart month.

  Someone in the U.S. dies of heart disease every 85 seconds. Don’t wait to get heart-healthy.

Did you know, 80% of heart disease and stroke events are preventable?

In the United States…

  • Fewer Americans have been dying of heart disease and stroke since the 1980s thanks to progress in medical therapies for patients with a history of heart disease and stroke and from lifestyle changes that are curbing the risk.
  • In every year since 1900 except 1918, Cardio Vascular Disease (CVD) accounted for more deaths than any other major cause of death in the United States. Stroke still ranks fifth.
  • An estimated 85.6 million people in the U.S. are living with cardiovascular diseases, including heart attack, stroke, high blood pressure and chest pain.
  • Among U.S. adults, 32.6 percent—about 80 million—have high blood pressure.
  • Despite an overall 28.8 percent drop in cardiovascular disease death rates from 2003 to 2013, the high blood pressure death rate increased 8.2 percent over that same time.

Seeing signs of heart disease? Know the symptoms.february is heart health month

Many forms of heart disease can be prevented or treated with healthy lifestyle choices. Heart disease signs and symptoms can include:

  • Chest pain (angina)
  • Shortness of breath
  • Pain, numbness, weakness or coldness in your legs or arms if the blood vessels in those parts of your body are narrowed
  • Pain in the neck, jaw, throat, upper abdomen or back

What can you do to protect your heart?

  • Know your blood pressure and keep it under control.
  • Exercise regularly.
  • Don’t smoke.
  • Get tested for diabetes and if you have it, keep it under control.
  • Know your cholesterol and triglyceride levels and keep them under control.
  • Eat a lot of fruits and vegetables.
  • Maintain a healthy weight.

Learn about the age of your heart

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