February is American Heart Month
February 2014 marks the 50th Anniversary of
American Heart Month
The designation is aimed at increasing awareness that heart disease is the nation’s No. 1 killer,
claiming more lives than an all forms of cancer combined.
Did you know…
- An estimated 83.6 million American adults (>1 in 3) have 1 or more types of CVD. Of these, 42.2 million are estimated to be ≥60 years of age.
- Approximately every 34 seconds, 1 American has a coronary event, and approximately every 1 minute 23 seconds, an American will die of one.
- Each year, about 795,000 people experience a new or recurrent stroke.
- On average, every 40 seconds, someone in the United States has a stroke (AHA computation based on the latest available data).
- Each year, about 55,000 more women than men have a stroke (GCNKSS, NINDS).
- On average, every 4 minutes, someone dies of a stroke (NCHS, NHLBI).
- Stroke ranks number 4 among all causes of death (NCHS mortality data).
So what can you do? Lower your risk with AHA’s Life’s Simple 7:
- Get Active
- Control Cholesterol
- Eat Better
- Manage Blood Pressure
- Lose Weight
- Reduce Blood Sugar
- Stop Smoking
- My Life Check™ - Take this simple assessment that can help improve your heart health and track progress toward better health. Life's Simple 7™ - Learn the state of your heart and what you can do to live a better life.
- Ten Ways To Go Red and Get Healthy
- Nutrition Center - Learn smart choices that will benefit your long-term heart health.
- Get Moving - Take the first step. Start with walking! Why? It's easy, it works and it pays! And visit StartWalkingNow.org to find tools and resources to get you on the right path to a healthier lifestyle.
- Heart and Stroke Conditions and Heart and Stroke Encyclopedia - Find in-depth information on cardiovascular diseases and stroke.