February’s a great time to focus on your heart. For one thing, there’s Valentine’s Day. and for another, since 1964, February has been designated as American Heart Month to place a public health emphasis on cardiovascular disease education and prevention. There is certainly a genetic component involved when it comes to heart health, but many lifestyle factors can influence one’s probability of developing cardiovascular issues. One of the most significant modifiable factors is nutrition.
Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in the United States and represents almost 30 percent of deaths worldwide. Atherosclerosis and hypertension are two of the most common conditions classified within cardiovascular disease.