National Heart Awareness Month

February 2012

February is national heart awareness month. Heart disease kills an estimated 630,000 Americans each year and is the leading cause of death for both men and women. In the United States alone, the most common type of heart disease is coronary artery disease (CAD), which can lead to a heart attack. You can greatly reduce your risk for CAD through lifestyle changes and, in some cases, medication.

Listed below you will find some heart healthy changes that you can make to lower your risk of developing heart disease. Controlling and preventing risk factors are also important for people who already have heart disease.

• 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.

• Manage stress.

For more information, please visit http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/.