February is the month that we promote heart healthy behaviors. For those of us over 40, or those with multiple risk factors, it is important to calculate the risk of developing cardiovascular disease in the next 10 years. Many first-ever heart attacks or strokes are fatal or disabling. Prevention is key to staying healthy because cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in the United States; one in every three deaths is from heart disease and stroke, equal to 2,200 deaths per day.
The American Heart Association has made this process simply. Log onto their website http://mylifecheck.heart.org to find seven simple improvements that we can make to our daily lives to prevent a heart attack.