February is American Heart Health Month

February 12, 2015 / Michael M. Siegel, MD

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February is Heart Health Month. Many people don’t realize that heart disease is the number one killer of men and women in the United States. It is more deadly than any form of cancer. Fortunately, there are many things you can do to reduce the risks of heart disease by keeping your heart healthy. Here are a few examples of steps you can take to lower your risk of heart disease.

  • Quit smoking and avoid secondhand smoke.
  • Manage your cholesterol and blood pressure levels.
  • Watch and control your weight.
  • Be active and exercise.
  • Eat healthy by limiting the amount of saturated fat, trans fat, and cholesterol you eat.
  • Handle stress levels.
  • Limit your alcohol consumption.

Remember to take it one step at a time and don’t get discouraged if you don’t see results right away. If you are unsure on how to maintain a healthy weight or follow any of these tips, contact your doctor so you can figure out the best plan for you. Even if you think you are at a healthy weight, it’s a good idea to visit your health care professional at least once a year for a checkup. For additional tips and information about American Heart Month, visit the CDC.