Heart disease doesn’t happen just to older adults. Unfortunately, it is occurring in younger adults more frequently. This is largely due to circumstances that lead to heart disease are taking place at younger ages. February is Heart Month, the ideal time to understand your risk for heart disease and take active steps now to help your heart.

The fact is that heart disease can happen at any age. Among younger people (ages 35-64), high rates of obesity and high blood pressure are leaving them at risk for heart disease sooner in life. Fifty percent of all Americans have at least one of the top three risk factors for heart disease (high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and smoking).

Heart disease is the leading source of death for men and women in the United States. Every year, 1 in 4 deaths are triggered by heart disease.

The good news? Heart disease can often be avoided when people make healthy choices, managing and controlling their health conditions. Here are some ways to be proactive and manage your heart health.

Don’t smoke. Smoking is the leading source of avoidable death in the United States. If you don’t smoke, don’t start. If you do smoke, learn how to quit.

Control your conditions. Work with your doctor and health care team to get a handle on conditions such as high blood pressure and high cholesterol. This also includes taking any medications you have been prescribed. There are ways to prevent and manage high blood pressure and high cholesterol.

Consider heart-healthy changes. Eat food low in trans-fat, saturated fat, added sugar, and sodium. Try to fill at least half your plate with vegetables and fruits, striving for low sodium options. Learn more about how to reduce sodium.

Move. Stay active for at least 150 minutes per week. Consider breaking up the 30 minutes into 10-minute chunks. Here’s a guide to becoming more physically active.

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