You may have heard that February is American Heart Month. (Hint: It’s why half your coworkers are wearing red today.) Heart disease—a fairly broad term that encompasses the many health problems related to plaque buildup in the walls of the arteries—is the number one cause of death among women and men in the United States. An estimated 600,000 people die each year from the disease.
Startled? You should be. But what’s even more startling to me is the fact that, in large part, this disease is preventable—and yet there are so many people who are doing nothing to prevent it.