Simple ways to take care of your heart for National Heart Month
Fact: Heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women in the United States. Every year, one in four deaths are caused by heart disease. For National Heart Month, we're joining the American Heart Disease initiative, Go Red for Women, to help raise heart health awareness.
Are you at risk?
High blood pressure, high LDL cholesterol, and smoking are three key risk factors for heart disease. About half of Americans (49%) have at least one of these three risk factors, according to the CDC. In five minutes, you can check your risk for heart disease and stroke with the American Heart Association's Check. Change. Control. Calculator.
Blood pressure and heart health go hand in hand
When your blood pressure is high, you are four times more likely to die from a stroke, and three times more likely to die from heart disease. Measuring your blood pressure is quick and painless, and is one of the simplest ways to help lower your risk.
Nearly 80% of cardiac events can be prevented
We encourage you to share the warning signs and symptoms of heart attacks and stroke with your family and loved ones, and to make a Go Red Healthy Behavior Commitment each day: move more, eat smart, and manage blood pressure.