As you are probably well aware, February is a month for matters of the heart. The doldrums of Winter have us longing for someone to snuggle. Valentine’s Day has all manner of love-related ideas running through our head.
But those matters of the heart are no longer strictly romantic. No, February is now also American Heart Month, a time to remind ourselves that our heart is not just critical for loving, but it’s also critical for living.
And this February, the friendly physicians at the Yale New Haven Health Heart and Vascular Center want us all to be informed. To help, they’ve put together a list of risk factors for heart disease, which kills more than 600,000 people in the United States each year and is the leading cause of death for American men and women.
So take a look at how to keep your heart healthy this February and all year ’round! Know your numbers by asking your doctor for test results, use your numbers by talking to your doctor about ways to reduce your risk for heart disease, and avoid these six risk factors: