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Chocolate for the Heart

The month of February is a very special month for many reasons. People associate February with Valentine’s Day, so it’s not surprising that this month is also American Heart Month, focusing attention on the importance of taking care of your heart health through proper food and exercise. Unfortunately, heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women alike. The good news is this: heart disease can be prevented and controlled, so being well-informed can save your life.

By maintaining a healthy weight, eating well, and upholding a regular exercise program, you are taking the most important steps in having good heart health. It’s also important to check your blood pressure and cholesterol, seeing your doctor annually for check-ups. If it’s determined that you need to take medicine to lower your cholesterol, make sure you remain consistent and don’t skip.

Another interesting “fun fact” is that February is also known as National Chocolate Month, so while you are working out and eating right, keep in mind that dark chocolate has also been known to lower blood pressure and prevent heart disease. It’s likely “ok” to sneak an extra chocolate treat this month.

If you’d like additional Heart Healthy Month information, visit www.cdc.gov for more tips.