Get heart healthy during American Heart Month

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

February is American Heart Month, the annual awareness campaign sponsored by the American Heart Association. It’s a good time to check your risk factors for heart disease: high blood pressure, obesity, cholesterol, diabetes, smoking, and being sedentary.

Cardiovascular disease, a term for diseases of the heart, arteries, and veins, is responsible for one in four deaths each year in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). But it’s never too late to assess what you can do to get heart healthy.

You can make healthy changes to lower your risk, including:

  • Watch your weight
  • Quit smoking and stay away from secondhand smoke
  • Control your cholesterol and blood pressure
  • If you drink alcohol, drink only in moderation

Get active and eat healthy For more information, visit heart.org.