February is Heart Month, the perfect time to learn about your risk for heart disease and the steps you need to take now to help your heart. While heart disease and the conditions that lead to it can happen at any age, high rates of obesity and high blood pressure among younger people (ages 35-64) are putting them at risk for heart disease earlier in life.

Heart disease has been the leading cause of death for both men and women in the U.S since 1950. About 697,000 Americans die from heart disease each year – that’s one in every five deaths. In the United States, someone has a heart attack every 40 seconds and every minute more than one person dies from a heart disease-related event.

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