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Taking Heart Health to Heart

Date: February 2, 2015

Heart-shaped balloon in a clear sky on a sunny day

February is National Heart Month—a great reminder to think about your heart health year-round. There are many things you can do to keep your heart healthy:

  • Quit smoking.
  • Control your blood pressure and cholesterol.
  • Stay active.
  • Eat a healthy diet and avoid high-sugar, processed foods.
  • Talk to your doctor about how to further reduce your risk and what screenings may catch problems early.

Johns Hopkins cardiologist Sammy Zakaria, M.D., suggests getting a heart check-up after age 50—earlier if you have a family history of heart disease. “Heart disease is the number one killer in the U.S., but it’s preventable. Taking care of your heart is one of the most important things you can do for yourself.”

For more information or to take a Heart Check-Up quiz, visit