February is a month filled with Valentine’s treats, love, and romantic gestures. So it should come as no surprise that it’s also American Heart Month. This is a great time to catch yourself up on the newest info about heart disease, its risk factors, and the simple changes you and your family can make to help avoid it.
Heart disease remains the leading cause of death in the United States for both men and women. In fact, 1 in 4 U.S. deaths are caused by heart disease. While that number can look pretty scary, the good news is heart disease can often be prevented.
Preventing heart disease starts with knowing your risk factors. In general, the more risk factors a person has, the greater the chance they will have heart disease.
Here are some of the major risk factors that contribute to heart disease: (more…)