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February is Healthy Heart Month

About every 25 seconds, an American will have a coronary event.

Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States and is a major cause of disability. The most common heart disease in the United States is coronary heart disease, which often appears as a heart attack. In 2009, an estimated 785,000 Americans had a new coronary attack, and about 470,000 will have a recurrent attack. About every 25 seconds, an American will have a coronary event, and about one every minute will die from one.

The chance of developing coronary heart disease can be reduced by taking steps to prevent and control factors that put people at greater risk. Additionally, knowing the signs and symptoms of heart attack are crucial to the most positive outcomes after having a heart attack. People who have survived a heart attack can also work to reduce their risk of another heart attack or a stroke in the future.

Other conditions that affect your heart or increase your risk of death or disability include arrhythmia, and peripheral artery disease (PAD). High cholesterol, high blood pressure, obesity, diabetes, tobacco use, and secondhand smoke are also risk factors associated with heart disease.

Some risk factors, such as family history or age, are not able to be controlled; however here are 5 key ways to help lower your risk for heart disease:


  • Don’t smoke or use tobacco products

  • Get Active

  • Eat a heart healthy diet

  • Maintain a healthy weight

  • Get regular health screenings

The information in this article was taken from SilverSneakers, Mayo Clinic Tools for Healthier Lives, the CDC and the American Heart Association




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