Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women. Every year, about 715,000 Americans have a heart attack and about 600,000 people die from heart disease.

There are some health conditions and lifestyle factors that can put people at higher risk of developing heart disease. During American Heart Month, let’s make a commitment to keep our hearts strong and healthy.

Here are a few suggestions to accomplish that goal:

Reference; Go AS, Mozaaffarian D, Roger VL, Benjamin EJ, Berry JD, Borden WB, et al. Heart disease and stroke statistics-2013 update: a report from the AMA circulation. 2013;127(1);e6-e245. NewsRoomAmerica.com-Presidential Proclamation—American Heart Month, 2013.