9 Interesting Heart Facts for American Heart Month

February is American Heart Month, and it’s the perfect time of the year to raise awareness about what we can all do to keep our cardiovascular health in tip-top shape (cardiovascular includes both your heart and your blood vessels).

Here are a few cardiovascular health facts that you may find surprising:

  1. The number-one killer for both men and women in the U.S. is heart disease. It’s easy to think of heart disease exclusively with men, but it’s also very common with women. 
  2. Someone in the U.S. has a heart attack every 40 seconds. 
  3. A heathier diet and more physical activity can help people avoid many cardiac events or a stroke. 
  4. Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) is easy to perform and can help save a life when someone is in cardiac arrest. The story of Buffalo Bills football player Damar Hamlin brought attention to the valuable role of CPR, and he is now collaborating with the American Heart Association to bring attention to CPR. 
  5. Although you can blame your genes for many heart problems, better control of blood pressure, smoking and cholesterol can lower your risk. 
  6. Chest pain is the major factor associated with a heart attack, but there are many other symptoms. They include fatigue, pain in the jaw or neck, nausea/indigestion, and vomiting. These symptoms are especially more common in women. When in doubt, it’s always best to seek medical attention. 
  7. Diabetes, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol are three major risk factors for heart disease. 
  8. Also every 40 seconds, someone in the U.S. has a stroke. 
  9. Symptoms of a stroke include sudden numbness on one side of the body, sudden confusion, sudden trouble walking, sudden trouble seeing, and a sudden severe headache. If you’re with someone who may be having a stroke, call 9-1-1 so emergency workers can begin treatment right away.

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