Heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women in the United States. Every year, 1 in 3 deaths are caused by heart disease.

Heart disease can often be prevented when people make healthy choices and manage their health conditions. Communities, health professionals, and families can work together to create opportunities for people to make healthier choices.

Since 1963, February has been celebrated as American Heart Month to urge Americans to join the battle against heart disease. Since 2004, February has been the signature month for the American Heart Association’s, “Go Red for Women campaign” and the message that heart disease is not exclusive to men. This year National Wear Red Day is Friday, February 3rd.

Would you recognize the symptoms of a heart attack or stroke? While there are many similarities in the symptoms of heart disease in men and women, there are even more differences. Learn the symptoms and don’t ignore them. Some symptoms may include: tightness in your chest, shortness of breath, feeling confused. These could be warning signs of a heart attack, stroke or angina.

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