Heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women in the United States. Every year, 1 in 3 deaths are caused by heart disease. Heart disease can often be prevented when people make healthy choices and manage their health conditions. Communities, health professionals, and families can work together to create opportunities for people to make healthier choices.
The American Heart Association helps lead the fight through awareness, education and funding of medical research. The AHA began in 1924, and the tradition of American Heart Month began in 1964. Amazing progress has been made since that heightened awareness. Still, cardiovascular disease account for 17.3 million deaths per year, a number that is expected to grow to more than 23.6 million by 2030.
You can make healthy changes to lower your risk of developing heart disease. Controlling and preventing risk factors is also important for people who already have heart disease.
To lower your risk:
- Watch your weight.
- Get active and eat healthy. Exercise daily and lower your sodium and sugar intake
- Quit smoking and stay away from secondhand smoke.
- Control your daily stresses. Monitor cholesterol and blood pressure.
- Limit alcohol consumption
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