February, the month that includes Valentine’s Day, is also American Heart Month, reminding us to take care of our hearts.
What is heart disease?
“Heart disease” refers to several types of heart conditions. The most common type is coronary artery disease, which can cause a heart attack. Smoking, eating an unhealthy diet and not getting enough exercise increase your risk for heart disease. High cholesterol, high blood pressure or diabetes are other conditions that can put you at and even higher risk. Ask your doctor about preventing or treating these medical conditions.
To help prevent or reduce the risk of heart disease, you should:
• Eat a heart-healthy diet
• Get active
• Stay at a healthy weight
• Quit smoking and stay away from secondhand smoke
• Control blood pressure and cholesterol
• Drink alcohol only in moderation
• Manage stress
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