Heart Health Month is a time to learn what you can do to have a healthier heart and to live a healthier, longer life. Heart disease, including stroke, is the leading cause of death for men and women in the U.S. You are at higher risk of heart disease if you are:

■ A woman age 55 or older

■ A man age 45 or older

■ A person with a family history of early heart disease

Heart disease can be prevented. To help keep your heart healthy:

■ 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 healthfully.

■ Talk to your doctor about taking aspirin every day if you are a man over the age of 45 or a woman over 55.

■ Manage stress.

Talk with your doctor or pharmacist about ways to improve these aspects of your life!

— Source: American Heart Association


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