American Heart Month

February is American Heart Month, a national campaign to bring attention to heart disease – the leading cause of death for Americans in most racial and ethnic groups. In fact, it is estimated 1 in 3 women will die from cardiovascular disease every year. That’s about one woman every minute!

Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is a group of diseases that involve the heart or blood vessels. It includes hypertension (high blood pressure), heart disease, heart attack, and strokes. There are a lot of misunderstandings about heart disease, and without understanding the signs, symptoms, and facts you could be putting yourself at risk.The American Heart Association has some simple resources to help you learn more about how to keep your heart, and the hearts of those you care about, healthy for years to come.

Your Journey To Better Health  gives you small, self care steps you can start taking today.

Facts About High Blood Pressure will answer questions about what it is, how it’s diagnosed, and why it’s called the “Silent Killer”.

Understanding Heart Attacks helps you identify your risks, shows you the warning signs, and gives your information on what to do if you do have one. And there’s easy to follow infographics.

Healthy Living has information on ways to get active, reduce stress, sleep well, quit smoking, and eat healthier – risk factors you can change and control!

Go Red For Women is focused on women’s health and how heart attack warning signs can be different than men’s.



Information from The American Heart Association

Adapted by Adriene Worthington, RDN, LDN