February is American Heart Month!

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Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women. To prevent heart disease and increase awareness of its effects, HQI is proudly participating in American Heart Month. In California, CVD accounts for one in three of all deaths in the state with over 78,000 deaths in 2014. The majority of CVD deaths were from heart disease (24 percent of all deaths) and stroke (six percent of all deaths), making them the second and third leading causes of death, respectively.

You can make healthy changes to lower your risk of developing heart disease. Controlling and preventing risk factors is also important for people who already have heart disease. To lower your risk:

  • Watch your weight.
  • Quit smoking and stay away from secondhand smoke.
  • Control your cholesterol and blood pressure.
  • If you drink alcohol, drink only in moderation.
  • Get active and eat healthy.

For more information, visit http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/.