Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women in the United States. But it is also one of the most preventable. American Heart Month, observed each February, is a way to remind everyone to focus on their hearts and encourage family, friends and communities to get involved. While Heart Health month is coming to a close, here are three ways to keep your heart health front-and-center year-round.
Find a doctor to discuss your heart health.
Healthgrades connects more than one million consumers using our website each day with the right doctor at the right hospital for the right care. Research and leverage the information online to select a cardiologist in your neck of the woods using criteria that is important to you.
Know your personal risk.
Healthgrades has developed a RiskIQ tool to help you understand your relative risk of dying or experiencing one or more complications during surgery. Use this tool to find out if you are at low, average, or high risk for potential complications or death for pacemaker procedures and coronary artery bypass graft surgery.
Read up on heart healthy choices.
Healthgrades has many resources available to help consumers learn more about making heart healthy choices and tips for connecting with your doctor about heart disease concerns. Peruse these resources for insights about living a healthier life, and ways to proactively address any concerns you have about your heart health with your doctor.
Even though Heart Health month is formally observed in February, there are many resources and tools to take advantage of year-round, to help you learn more about ways to be heart healthy and to connect with providers to help you manage your health long-term.