It's February – American Heart Month – a time when the nation spotlights heart disease, the No. 1 killer of Americans. Take a stand against cardiovascular disease by prioritizing your health and driving change for the health of others.
Miriam was a loving mother and grandmother, who struggled for the past 30 years with various levels of heart disease. She fought as long as she could, before her heart took its final beat on December 3, just three days shy of her 72 birthday.
American Heart Association's "Heart to Heart: Why Losing One Woman Is Too Many" campaign will raise awareness about how 1 in 3 women are diagnosed with heart disease annually. The first Friday of American Heart Month, Feb. 5, is also National Wear Red Day as part of the AHA's Go Red for Women initiative. Women go red to raise awareness and support for the fight against heart disease. For more information on the event and other activities during the month, visit goredforwomen.org.
This year, despite the COVID-19 pandemic, heart disease continues to be the greatest health threat to Americans and is still the leading cause of death worldwide, according to the AHA's Heart Disease and Stroke Statistics – 2021 Update.
In most cases, heart disease is preventable when people adopt a healthy lifestyle, which includes not smoking, maintaining a healthy weight, controlling blood sugar and cholesterol, treating high blood pressure, getting at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity a week, and getting regular checkups.