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February 2013 - American Heart Month

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Heart disease kills an estimated 630,000 Americans each year. It's the leading cause of death for both men and women. To prevent heart disease and increase awareness of its affects, the Rutherford Polk McDowell District Health Department is proudly participating in American Heart Month.

Did you know that since 1984, more women than men have died each year from heart disease and the gap between men and women's survival contintues to widen.  

In the United States, the most common type of heart disease is coronary artery disease (CAD), which can lead to a heart attack. You can greatly reduce your risk for CAD through lifestyle changes and, in some cases, medication.

You can make healthy changes to lower your risk of developing heart disease. Controlling and preventing risk factors is also important for people who already have heart disease.

  • Watch your weight.
  • Quit smoking and stay away from secondhand smoke.
  • Control your cholesterol and blood pressure.
  • If you drink alcohol, drink only in moderation.
  • Get active and eat healthy.
  • Talk to your doctor about taking aspirin every day if you are a man over the age of 45, or a woman past menopause.
  • Manage stress.

For more tips and information please visit the American Heart Association at www.heart.org.



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