February is American Heart Month. On the one hand, the month serves as a somber reminder that heart disease kills an estimated 630,000 Americans each year. It’s the leading cause of death for both men and women.
On the other hand, the American Heart Association advises that nearly 80 percent of cardiac events can be prevented with education and lifestyle changes. The AHA reminds everyone to focus on their hearts and encourage their families, friends and communities to become involved in heart health awareness.
This month, the AHA also conducts its Go Red for Women campaign, with the message that heart disease is not only a man’s problem. National Wear Red Day will be celebrated Feb. 7.