February Spotlights the Most Important Heart of All: Yours

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February Spotlights the Most Important Heart of All: Yours


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February Spotlights the Most Important Heart of All: Yours

The dreariness of February is lightened somewhat by that special
day – the 14th – so beloved for its chocolates, roses and
pronouncements of love. But before you bite into that delicious heart-shaped
chocolate on Valentine’s Day take a moment to consider this somber fact: Heart disease is the number one killer of
men and women in this country
. And, men die younger and in greater numbers than
women, which is why MHN is spotlighting heart health this February, a month
that is typically dedicated to everything heart-shaped.

But the news is not all bad. In fact, the good news is that
heart health is largely in your control. First, put down that heart-shaped
chocolate. Numerous studies have shown that a diet consisting primarily of
fruits, vegetables and lean protein play a significant role in promoting heart
health. Unfortunately, those Valentine’s chocolates are not part of that heathy
diet. Foods such as chocolate, butter and red meat contain trans fats and
saturated fats that can clog arteries and raise cholesterol levels.

However, diet alone will not reduce the risk of cardiovascular
disease. The nation’s Center for Disease Control (CDC) points to other factors
that put Americans at a higher risk for heart disease including smoking,
excessive…

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