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A heartfelt message

For the past year, we have been fighting the COVID-19 pandemic, and now we have a vaccine in our hands to not only combat it, but potentially prevent it for millions. But there is another battle we wage every day, and it is against heart disease.

It's no secret February is all about hearts and not just the candy kind. It's also American Heart Month, a time the nation turns its attention to keeping families and communities free from heart disease, the No. 1 killer of Americans. Cardiovascular disease (heart disease and stroke combined) kills about 2,300 people a day in the U.S. Obesity in both youth and adults is at an all-time high, and youth are being diagnosed with heart disease earlier than ever before.

American Heart Month is vital for awareness, but the American Heart Association urges people to take care of their hearts year-round. Consider the facts:

  • Heart disease kills more people than all forms of cancer combined.
  • Heart attacks affect more people every year than the population of Dallas, Texas.
  • 83% of Americans believe that heart attacks can be prevented but aren't motivated to do anything.
  • 72% of Americans don't consider themselves at risk for heart disease.

While there is no vaccine for heart disease, there is some good news. Heart disease is preventable in most cases with healthy choices, which include not smoking, maintaining a healthy weight and blood pressure, and, very importantly, engaging in regular moderate to intense physical activity. Protect those you love by protecting your heart health. Your loved ones, and your heart, will thank you for it.

—Linda Walker, CEO

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