Heart disease is a killer – it’s the leading cause of death for both men and women across the world, according to the American Heart Association.
More than 17 million deaths across the globe each year are attributed to cardiovascular disease, a 2016 AHA study found. And in the United States alone, about 2,200 Americans die each day from heart disease, stroke and other cardiovascular diseases – that’s one every 40 seconds.
To help celebrate American Heart Month in February, here are five steps you can take to improve your heart health (adopted from the American Heart Association):
- Watch your weight: Determine your Body Mass Index with the help of this BMI Calculator.
- Quit smoking, and stay away from secondhand smoke: Here are AHA tips to quit smoking.
- Control your cholesterol and blood pressure: Learn about the symptoms of high blood pressure.
- Drink alcohol in moderation: What does “in moderation” mean?
- Get active, and eat healthy: Learn from these tips on how to get you and your family moving.
Consider these tips – during February and beyond – to keep your heart healthy.