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February is American Hearth Month

The American Heart Association urges Missourians to support the fight against heart disease by participating in American Heart Month.

American Heart Month is a federally designated event every February. It encourages people to focus on their heart health and to inspire their family, friends and communities to do the same. Through American Heart Month, the American Heart Association wants to help everyone live longer, healthier lives so they can enjoy all of life’s WHY moments.

  • The first American Heart Month took place in February of 1964.
  • It was proclaimed by President Lyndon B. Johnson in December of 1963.
  • At that time, more than half the deaths in the U.S. were caused by cardiovascular disease.
  • Cardiovascular disease remains the leading global cause of death, with more than 17.3 million deaths each year. That number is expected to rise to more than 23.6 million by 2030.
  • Stroke ranks second globally and is a leading cause of severe disability.

80% of heart disease and stroke is preventable. How?

  • If you smoke, stop
  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • Exercise
  • Eat a healthy diet
  • Control your cholesterol, blood pressure and blood sugar

February is American Heart Month. Heart disease is the number one cause of death, but 80 percent of heart disease is preventable. You can improve your heart health by eating a healthy diet, getting regular exercise and quitting if you currently smoke. During American Heart month, focus on your heart health and encourage your family and friends to do the same. Learn more at

The public is encouraged to visit to learn more about the American Heart Association, American Heart Month and National Wear Red Day.

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