February is American Heart Month and a good time to review your heart health, says Tami Ward, APRN, with The Cardiac Center at Creighton University.
In the U.S., an adult dies from a cardiovascular disease such as a heart attack or stroke, every 39 seconds. It's the number one killer of all women and men.
Although heart disease is often thought to be primarily a man's disease, the truth is that more women than men die from heart disease each year. In fact, nearly twice as many U.S. women die of cardiovascular diseases than from all forms of cancer combined, including breast cancer.
There are some risks factors you cannot change, such as heredity. The good news is that there are many lifestyle choices that can improve your odds, including proper diet; regular exercise; no tobacco; and keeping such heart-risk numbers in check, including blood pressure, cholesterol, triglycerides and body mass index.