Every year more than 600,000 Americans die from heart disease.

The number one cause of deaths for most groups, heart disease affects all ages, genders, and ethnicities. Risk factors include high cholesterol, high blood pressure, smoking, diabetes, and excessive alcohol use.

Heart disease occurs when the arteries leading to the heart become clogged. Although heart disease has been around for thousands of years, we do know that many aspects of modern life exacerbate risk factors and make people more prone to heart disease and heart failure. Today, one in four deaths in the U.S. is attributable to heart disease. Heart disease can affect everyone, but taking stock of your prior health risks, activities and diet can help you reduce your risk.

Do you know how to keep your heart healthy?

You can take an active role in reducing your risk for heart disease by:

  • Eating a healthy diet
  • Engaging in physical activity
  • Managing your cholesterol and blood pressure

This is a great chance to start some heart-healthy habits!

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