American Heart Month is dedicated to improving the heart health of all Americans. You may not know that heart disease is the leading cause of death in the US. Cardiovascular diseases (heart disease and stroke combined) kill about 2,300 people a day.

Consider the facts:
  • Heart disease kills more people than all forms of cancer combined.
  • Heart attacks affect about 1.3 million people each year.
  • 83% believe that heart attacks can be prevented but aren’t motivated to do anything.
  • 72% of Americans don’t consider themselves at risk for heart disease.
  • And 58% put no effort into improving their heart health.

The good news is that heart disease is preventable in most cases by making better choices, which include not smoking, maintaining a healthy weight, controlling blood sugar and cholesterol, treating high blood pressure, getting at least 150 minutes of exercise each week, and getting regular checkups. All of these choices can have a huge benefits beyond heart health, including an impact on mental health and overall wellbeing.