Americans who are concerned about avoiding heart disease and the medical difficulties and high health insurance premiums it can bring will find plenty of information in February, which has been named American Heart Month.
Data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention notes that an American has a coronary event every 25 seconds on average, and that last year some 785,000 Americans had new coronary attack. An average of 470,000 people will have a recurrent heart attack in a given year, and a person dies from a heart attack about once every minute on average.
Given such daunting statistics, the importance of maintaining a proper diet and a regular exercise routine cannot be overstated - even for younger Americans who may be more inclined to take their health for granted.
Some risk factors for heart disease are said to include smoking, obesity, diabetes and high blood pressure, as well as exposure to secondhand smoke. A diet high in fats and cholesterol will also aggravate one's likelihood of a major coronary event.
Along with taking steps to help people reduce their chance of a heart attack, the CDC is also advising people to immediately call 911 if they or somebody with them is experiencing chest discomfort or shortness of breath.