February is American Heart Month, and studies from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention find heart disease is the number one killer for men and women in America. But a recent study shows there are lifestyle changes you can make to greatly reduce your risk.
The study was recently published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. It looked at data from nearly 90,000 women between the ages of 27 and 44 from 1991 to 2011. In the 20 years of follow up, there were 456 cases of coronary heart disease. Researchers noticed that, of the women who didn't have heart disease, they had several lifestyle habits in common.�
The study did only look at women, however researchers say these habits will also reduce the risk of heart disease for men.�
First on the list: don't smoke, and if you do, quit. Smoking isn't only bad for your lungs, it's bad for your heart. Nearly as many smokers die from heart disease as they do from lung cancer.�