Heart disease is the leading cause of death in both men and women in the United States. It causes 1 in 4 deaths every year. The goal is to prevent 1,000,000 heart attacks and strokes by 2017.

What you can do to raise awareness:

  • Spread the word about making small changes
  • Use spices instead of salt to season food
  • If you issue a newsletter, add a “Healthy Lifestyle” section
  • Host a health learning event in your community
  • Encourage physical activity at schools and at home
  • Gather office personnel for a 20-minute group walk at lunch
  • Host a healthy cooking demonstration
  • Ask medical professionals to speak to your community about preventing heart disease
  • Host a CPR training event
  • Tweet about American Heart Month

February is American Heart Month – Let’s Raise Awareness

High blood pressure is a leading cause of heart disease and stroke. Check your blood pressure regularly and make sure your loved ones check their blood pressure regularly at one of the following:

  • Your doctor’s office
  • Drugstore
  • At home using a home blood pressure monitor

Some steps to get high blood pressure under control:

  • Set a goal with your doctor to lower your blood pressure
  • Take your prescribed blood pressure medicine at the same time every day
  • Don’t smoke
  • Watch your weight
  • Control your cholesterol and blood pressure
  • Avoid alcohol, or drink only in moderation
  • Get active
  • Eat healthy
  • Reduce sodium intake



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