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February is National Heart month

National Heart Month exists to bring awareness to cardiovascular disease and steps people can take to prevent heart disease. Currently, about 2,300 Americans dies of heart disease each day, an average of one death for every 38 seconds.

President Lyndon B. Johnson proclaimed the first American Heart Month in February 1964. While American Heart Month is a federally designated month in the United States, it’s important to realize that cardiovascular disease knows no borders. Cardiovascular disease, including heart disease and stroke, remains the leading global cause of death with more than 17.9 million deaths each year; that number is expected to rise to more than 23.6 million by 2030.

The American Heart Association has a range of online strategies to keep your heart healthy and prevent heart disease. Look into topics ranging from the impact of sleep, common salty foods to dietary sugar, weight management and vegetarian diets.