February is National Heart Month

At the heart of the matter is this: cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in world, and accounts for one in three deaths among women each year. The U.S. has dubbed February as National Heart Month, as a way to raise awareness and share information about the prevention and diagnosis of cardiovascular disease.

You can make a difference and greatly reduce your own risk through lifestyle changes such as smoking cessation, healthy eating, exercise, and managing stress. If you have diabetes or high blood pressure, you should follow your doctor’s treatment advice to also reduce your risk. In fact, new options for the management and treatment of cardiovascular disease are discovered each and every year. Currently, there are more than 400 open clinical trials related to cardiovascular disease registered at ClinicalTrials.gov.

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