February is American Heart Month, important because cardiovascular disease (CVD)—including heart disease, stroke, and high blood pressure—is the number 1 killer of women and men in the United States. It is a leading cause of disability, preventing Americans from working and enjoying family activities. CVD costs the United States over $300 billion each year, including the cost of health care services, medications, and lost productivity.
A number of risk factors for CVD can be controlled, including:

  • Diet
  • Physical activity
  • Tobacco use
  • Obesity
  • High blood pressure
  • High blood cholesterol
  • Diabetes

In addition to having an annual checkup and taking any prescribed medications, here are steps that the CDC advises for maintaining heart health, along with some tools to help.

Here are some other helpful heart resources:

Other Health Observances in the month of February
National Cancer Prevention Month
Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month
National Children’s Dental Health Month
National Cancer Prevention Month
February 1–7 African Heritage & Health Week
February 1-7 – Burn Awareness Week
February 14 – February 14 National Donor Day


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