Did you know that heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women in the United States?

You may think that the majority of heart attack victims are older and perhaps in poor health. However, according to Million Hearts, in many communities across the U.S., death rates are actually increasing amongst younger adults from ages 35-64. Not only are there a greater number of younger adults dying of heart disease, but their rates of risk factors, such as physical inactivity, hypertension, and tobacco use—are also increasing. The good news is that heart disease is one of the most preventable causes of death. Making heart-healthy lifestyle changes, knowing your family health history, knowing the risk factors for heart disease, and managing your health all play major roles in prevention.

Here are some tips from Million Hearts that can help you prevent heart disease:

Another way to be proactive is to learn how to perform CPR, use an AED, and other First Aid skills. For every minute a sudden cardiac arrest victim goes without an AED, their chance of survival drops. DiVal Safety offers National Safety Council certified courses in CPR and AED use, and First Aid. For more information on the courses, click HERE and call our Training Division Coordinator at 800-343-1354. American Heart Month is the perfect time to learn basic awareness and get skills you need to potentially save a life.