It's common to see candy and paper hearts in February, but medical professionals also want you to think about your own heart this month. KVNF's Laura Palmisano speaks to Mark Leach the director of cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation at Delta County Memorial Hospital. In recognition of National Heart Month, they discuss heart disease, the number one killer of men and women in the United States.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says heart disease kills more than 600,000 Americans each year. Health officials say people should monitor their blood pressure and cholesterol. They say if those numbers are high its important to get them under control to keep your heart healthy. The CDC also recommends that people quit smoking because it causes coronary heart disease, lung cancer and other health issues.