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Wednesday, February 13, 2013

February is American Heart Month. Heart disease, including stroke, is the leading cause of death for men and women in the United States.  This is a great time to commit to the fight against cardiovascular disease and to educate yourself about what you can do to live a heart-healthy life.

You are at higher risk of heart disease if you are:

  • A woman age 55 or older
  • A man age 45 or older
  • Or a person with a family history of early heart disease.

The good news is, in many cases, heart disease can be prevented through lifestyle changes. To keep your heart healthy:

  • 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
  • Talk to your doctor about taking aspirin every day if you are a man over the age of 45 or a woman over 55
  • Manage your stress level.

The American Heart Association is an excellent resource for anyone seeing information on heart disease prevention and treatment.