February is American Heart Month

American Heart Association

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According to the CDC, “Every year, about 715,000 Americans have a heart attack. About 600,000 people die from heart disease in the United States each year.” That turns out to be 1 in every 4 deaths; which is why heart disease is the leading cause of death.

The most common type of heart disease in the U.S. is Coronary Artery Disease. This is a disease that develops over the course of time. It comes from unhealthy eating and lack of exercise. The combination allows plaque to build up in arteries and starts to slowly cut off blood to the heart. The plaque that develops over time in the arteries can cause a list of health problems. Some include heart attack, angina, heart failure, and arrhythmias. Each year these health problems occur and add up to about $312.6 billion in the U.S.

February has been designated American Heart Month to help Americans prevent heart disease and promote a more healthy lifestyle. The CDC has provided some tips on how to prevent heart disease:

-Eat a healthy diet
-Maintain a healthy weight
-Exercise regularly
-Monitor your blood pressure
-Don’t smoke
-Limit alcohol use -Have you cholesterol checked
-Manage your diabetes
-Take your medicine

To learn more visit the American Heart Association’s official website:
http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/

Sources:
http://www.cdc.gov/features/heartmonth/
http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/

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