February is American Heart Month

January 26, 2013
American Heart Month 50th Anniversary



February 2014 marks the 50th Anniversary of

American Heart Month

President Obama’s proclamation ushers in 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:

  1. Get Active
  2. Control Cholesterol
  3. Eat Better
  4. Manage Blood Pressure
  5. Lose Weight
  6. Reduce Blood Sugar
  7. Stop Smoking

Quick Links:

 Visit Heart.org; strokeassociation.org; GoRedForWomen.org or GoRedCorazon.org to learn more.



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