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February is about Valentine’s Day and as such, it’s about the heart. Maybe that’s why February is also American Heart Month. Every year at this time, the American Heart Association (AHA) works to raise awareness about heart disease by spearheading activities in organizations and communities across the country. This heart health month is a hugely important effort. Why? Because, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a quarter of American deaths are due to heart disease.
The leading cause of death in the U.S., 600,000 Americans die from heart disease every year. A large portion of these deaths are caused by sudden cardiac arrest, which is when the heart stops beating. Beyond the loss of life, heart disease costs nearly $110 billion annually. People who survive a heart attack know how life-changing it can be. Beyond having at a higher risk for injuries and falls, serious lifestyle changes are in order.
Most of the risk factors, however, are lifestyle choices that can be changed. An important goal of heart health month is to educate people about these risk factors so they can reduce them. Some of these controllable risk factors are:
It's also about hope and taking action. Want to know how?
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