American Heart Month: How to reduce the risk of heart disease

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PARKERSBURG, W.Va. (WTAP) - Often a silent killer, 1 out of every 3 women will die from heart disease.

February is American Heart Month, which means it's time to think about your heart health and steps you can take to keep your ticker in tip-top shape

West Virginia ranks eleventh in the nation from heart disease.

Being the number one killer of both men and women, recognizing the symptoms of heart disease, such as arm or chest pain and shortness of breath, is important.

It's also important to practice prevention. Officials say there are simple steps you can take to be healthier.

“Keep track of what you eat because sometimes you eat more than you realize you do, says Carrie Brainard, Mid-Ohio Valley Health Department.

“Keep track of your water intake and make sure you drink at least 8 glasses of water a day. Try to eat healthier most of the time, and start walking. Even if you’re taking small steps, or a couple of blocks, just adding those steps to your day can help you lower that blood pressure, lower cholesterol and have a healthier heart,” says Braidnard.

The Mid-Ohio Valley Health Department wants to help inform the public about what it takes to have a healthier heart.

During the week of February 11 to 15, stop by any of their offices to pick up brochures on high blood pressure, stroke and other heart related materials.

The MOVHD staff will also have pedometers and food logs to hand out to help you track your food choices, water consumption and activity levels.

While there, enter to win a tote filled with heart happy items including a weighted hula hoop, water bottle and cookbook.