February is Heart Month

LyndonbjohnsonDecember 30, 1963 marked a momentous occasion in America’s history. President Lyndon B. Johnson, recognizing that heart disease was the leading cause of death of men and women in the United States, proclaimed February American Heart Month: “I, Lyndon B. Johnson, President of the United States of America do hereby proclaim the month of February 1964 as American Heart Month; and I invite the governors of the States, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, and other areas subject to the jurisdiction of the United States to issue similar proclamations.”1

To this day, February has remained American Heart Month. But sadly, cardiovascular disease (CVD) remains the number one cause of death in both men and women, accounting for one in four deaths. The good news is that CVD is both treatable and preventable.

Making heart-healthy choices, such as diet and exercise, working with your doctors and health professionals to manage conditions, and knowing risk factors can have a profoundly positive impact on life expectancy and quality.

To learn more about steps you can take personally, and in your community, please visit the American Heart Association at www.heart.org.

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1Lyndon B. Johnson: "Proclamation 3566—American Heart Month, 1964," December 30, 1963. Online by Gerhard Peters and John T. Woolley, The American Presidency Project. http://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/ws/?pid=75180.