February is American Heart Month

February is American Heart Month. Join NBC 5 and the American Heart Association during this ideal time to remind Americans to focus on their hearts and encourage them to get their families, friends and communities involved.

The annual celebration began in 1964 to encourage Americans to join the battle against heart disease. A presidential proclamation pays tribute each year to researchers, physicians, public health professionals and volunteers for their tireless efforts in preventing, treating and researching heart disease, which is the leading cause of death for both men and women in the U.S.

About 2,300 Americans die of cardiovascular disease each day, an average of 1 death every 38 seconds. But about 80% of cardiovascular diseases may be prevented. Heart Month is a great time to commit to a healthy lifestyle and make small changes that can lead to a lifetime of heart health. Take action to end heart disease and stroke and commit to: know your numbers, move more, eat smart and manage blood pressure.

For more information, visit heart.org.

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