Heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women in the United States. Every year, 1 in 4 deaths are caused by heart disease. Heart disease can often be prevented when people make healthy choices and manage their health conditions. 1 in 3 adults in the United States has high blood cholesterol, a major risk factor for heart disease and stroke. High blood cholesterol can be hard to detect, as it often shows no signs or symptoms.
Encourage families to make small changes, like using spices to season their food instead of salt.Motivate teachers and administrators to make physical activity a part of the school day. This can help students start good habits early.Ask doctors and nurses to be leaders in their communities by speaking out about ways to prevent heart disease.
Join the American Heart Association’s national movement in support of healthier communities and healthier lives.