February is American Heart Month. The leading cause of death in the United States continues to be heart disease. Although the death rate for heart disease has been decreasing (1,2), too few U.S. adults get adequate physical activity, eat a healthy diet, avoid smoking, and control their blood pressure and cholesterol. More than one in three U.S. adults have at least one type of cardiovascular disease (CVD), which includes heart disease, stroke, and high blood pressure. Nearly one in three deaths are attributed to CVD each year (1). In the United States about 17% of health care dollars are spent on CVD each year, which amounts to more than $316 billion in medical expenses and lost productivity (1).
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