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Have you taken care of your heart today? Cardiovascular diseases are the biggest killer in the United States and February is American Heart Month. Every year since 1963, the president of the United States declares February to be American Heart Month in order to draw more attention to cardiovascular diseases such as heart disease, high blood pressure and stroke.

Part of taking care of your heart includes eating healthy foods and watching your weight.

Connect with women who truly understand your journey – the pain, the victories and everything between. Visit GoRedForWomen.org/HeartMatch.

Cardiovascular diseases and stroke are the No. 1 cause of death in Georgia. Learn about the lifesaving work of the American Heart Association in Georgia.

What is heart disease?

Heart disease – also called cardiovascular disease and coronary heart disease – is a simple term used to describe several problems related to plaque buildup in the walls of the arteries, or atherosclerosis. As the plaque builds up, the arteries narrow, making it more difficult for blood to flow and creating a risk for heart attack or stroke.

Other types of heart disease include heart failure, an irregular heartbeat – or arrhythmia – and heart valve problems. To learn more about heart disease and conditions that can lead to heart disease, heart attack or stroke, browse any of the conditions below.

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When your heart isn’t pumping enough blood, it’s a serious but manageable condition. Learn what you can do to live well and reduce your symptoms.

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