February is Heart Health Month

Cardiogram with Red heart on white background. Symbol of medical cardiovascular health care problems due to illness

February is heart health month, which makes it a perfect time to increase awareness about heart disease, and what you can do to prevent it.

Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States.  The most common form of heart disease, Coronary Artery Disease (CAD) is the build-up of plaque in the arteries, causing a narrowing or full-blockage of the arteries.

Risk factors for heart disease include:

  • High blood pressure
  • Elevated blood lipids
  • High cholesterol
  • Smoking
  • Obesity
  • A sedentary lifestyle
  • Unhealthy eating

The good news is that there are a lot of small actions you can take to reduce your risk for developing heart disease, for having a heart attack, and/or to prevent the disease from worsening.

It may seem daunting to tackle all of these risk factors, but taking small actionable steps can lead to major gains.

5 Tips for Better Heart Health 

  1. Visit Your Doctor
  2. Quit Smoking
  3. Check Out Your Weight
  4. Increase Your Physical Activity
  5. Follow a Heart Healthy Diet

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