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American Heart Month

Written and medically reviewed by Dorcas Morak, Pharm.D

Updated on February 1st, 2023

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> February is American Heart Month, created by the American Heart Association to create awareness about the serious dangers of heart disease and enlighten people on how to mitigate their risk of heart attack, stroke, and other related complications. This is an important initiative because heart disease is the leading cause of death in the US. Here’s what you should know and how to get involved.

Why is American Heart Month important?

The campaign for better cardiovascular health in the United States is crucial for many reasons:

  • Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the US.
  • One person dies of cardiovascular disease every 34 seconds.
  • About 697,000 people (1 in every 5 deaths) died from heart disease in 2020.
  • Heart disease cost the United States about $229 billion from 2017 to 2018.
  • Coronary heart disease killed 382,820 people in 2020.
  • About 20.1 million adults aged 20 and up have coronary heart disease.
  • Every 40 seconds, someone in the US has a heart attack.
  • About 805,000 people per year have a heart attack.
  • Lifestyle changes can greatly reduce your risk.

How is American Hearth Month commemorated?

The American Heart Association promotes its wide array of resources and partnerships to provide people with tools to reduce high blood pressure and help them eat better, adopt an exercise regimen, and make other key changes. They also work to raise funds and awareness for more research toward preventing and curing heart disease.

How do I reduce my risk of heart disease and heart attack?

Lifestyle modification is the best way to reduce your risk of heart disease and heart attack. Here are some of the most impactful changes you can make:

  • If you smoke, quit.
  • Maintain a healthy weight.
  • Eat a healthy, balanced diet (work with your healthcare provider to determine the best diet for your individual needs).
  • Exercise regularly, particularly cardiovascular exercises like walking, running, or dancing.
  • Work with your doctor to treat health conditions like high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and diabetes.

How do I get involved in the commemoration of American Heart Month?

Here’s how you can spread awareness of the dangers of heart disease and encourage people toward choices that support heart health:

  • Host a quit smoking day to enlighten people about the dangers of smoking.
  • Team up with friends and family for regular workouts.
  • Wear red, particularly on February 4 for National Wear Red Day.
  • Encourage people you know to get regular checkups.
  • Create awareness on social media using the hashtag #heartmonth.

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