Many folks are focused on hearts of the Valentine variety this week, but I challenge you to focus on YOUR heart, too. February is recognized as Heart Health month and it is a great reminder to assess your risk for heart disease and make sure that your heart is healthy.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, heart disease doesnt happen just to older adults. It is happening to younger adults more and more often. This is partly because the conditions that lead to heart disease are happening at younger ages.
Heart disease and the conditions that lead to it can happen at any age. High rates of obesity and high blood pressure among younger people (ages 35-64) are putting them at risk for heart disease earlier in life. Half of all Americans have at least one of the top three risk factors for heart disease (high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and smoking).