American Heart Month
Join us in raising awareness about heart disease.
Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both women and men. According to the CDC, about 600,000 people in the United States die from heart disease every year.
The term “heart disease” refers to several different heart conditions. The most common heart condition in the US is Coronary Artery Disease (CAD). CAD occurs when plaque builds up in the arteries that supply blood to the heart. CAD can cause heart attacks, angina, heart failure, and abnormal heart rhythms.
Heart disease can be controlled and even prevented. Taking small steps towards making better lifestyle choices can make a big difference in your heart health.
- Eat a healthy diet
- Maintain a healthy weight
- Exercise and be active
- Quit smoking and tobacco use
- Limit alcohol intake
- Stress less
Get regular physical exams and discuss with your health care provider whether you have any risk factors that may increase your chances of developing heart disease. Create a plan with your health care provider to actively manage and control any underlying medical conditions you may have such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, or diabetes.
For more information on heart disease, visit http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/