More people die from cardiovascular disease than any other illness in the U.S. – a staggering statistic that is one of the many reasons February has been dubbed American Heart Month to bring attention to a crucial healthcare concern.
In September 2011, the government launched Million Hearts, an initiative that seeks to prevent 1 million heart attacks and strokes over the next five years. One of the hallmarks of the campaign is encouraging others to focus on the “ABCS” – Aspirin for people at risk, Blood pressure control, Cholesterol management and Smoking cessation.
President Barack Obama asked citizens to wear red on Friday, February 3 in support of the national effort to improve cardiovascular health. In addition to this outward demonstration of solidarity, everyone should take steps to lead by example and ensure that their lifestyle keeps their heart strong and healthy.
In addition to the ABCS outlined above, getting at least 30 minutes of exercise a day and adding essential nutrients through a balanced diet and supplements like Cardio Guardian by Clinician's Choice can help reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke.