heart_exam.jpgMIAMI – Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States. Every minute, an American dies from complications of heart disease.

February is American Heart Month. The Jackson Health System offers the reminder that individuals have the power to prevent or reduce their risk of heart disease, and recommend helping to ensure a heart-healthy lifestyle by following five important steps:

• Stop smoking
• Exercise regularly
• Eat a well-balanced diet
• Maintain a healthy weight
• See your doctor for regular check-ups

Jackson physicians, along with academic affiliates at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, are nationally recognized as leaders in preventative, diagnostic and interventional cardiology, specializing in treating patients with a range of diagnoses and risk factors.