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February is American Heart Month

2/1/2017

President Lyndon B. Johnson declared the first American Heart Month in 1964. 

In the United States:

  • Fewer Americans have been dying of heart disease and stroke since the 1980s thanks to progress in medical therapies for patients with a history of heart disease and stroke and from lifestyle changes that are curbing the risk.
  • In every year since 1900 except 1918, cardiovascular disease accounted for more deaths than any other major cause of death in the United States. Stroke still ranks fifth.
  • An estimated 85.6 million people in the United States are living with cardiovascular diseases, including heart attack, stroke, high blood pressure and chest pain.
  • Among U.S. adults, 32.6 percent - about 80 million - have high blood pressure.
  • Despite an overall 28.8 percent drop in cardiovascular disease death rates from 2003 to 2013, the high blood pressure death rate increased 8.2 percent over that same time.

To prevent heart disease:    

  1. Know your blood pressure and keep it under control.
  2. Exercise regularly.
  3. Don't smoke.
  4. Get tested for diabetes and if you have it, keep it under control.
  5. Know your cholesterol and triglyceride levels and keep them under control.
  6. Eat a lot of fruits and vegetables.
  7. Maintain a healthy weight.

Source: http://www.heart.org/

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