Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States and the conditions that lead to it can happen at any age. High rates of obesity and high blood pressure among younger people (ages 35-65) are putting more people at risk for heart disease earlier in life. Half of all Americans have at least one of the top 3 risk factors for heart disease, which are high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and smoking. Other conditions and behaviors that can also affect your risk of heart disease include: obesity, diabetes, physical inactivity, and unhealthy eating patterns. Fortunately, it is largely preventable and there are many things that you can do to reduce your risk.
Here are some ways to take control and get heart healthy!
1.) Don't smoke.
2.) Manage any conditions you have like high blood pressure or high cholesterol with doctors.
3.) Make healthy eating a habit.
4.) Stay active and move for at least 150 minutes per week or about 20 mins a day.
For more information about heart disease, how to stay heart healthy, and American Heart Month:
This is a list of books celebrating American Heart Month in February.