February is often considered the month of love, with the couples and family member sending heart-themed cards and heart-shaped chocolates. But what’s a better gift to your loved ones than taking care of your heart?

February is American Heart Health Month. And while you might first think of its as routine campaign – its’s becoming more important than ever. Cardiovascular or heart disease is the leading cause of death in women and men. It’s time to raise awareness about the serious dangers of heart disease and held people work to reduce their risk of heart attack, stroke and other related complications. The American Heart Associates promotes its wide array of resources and partnerships to provide people with tools to reduce high blood pressure, stress, help them eat better, exercise and other key changes.

Heart disease is responsible for about 1 in every 4 deaths in the U.S., claiming the lies of more than half a million people each year. Every year, over 800,000 Americans will have a heart attack. The Centers of Disease Control and Preventions outlines the tip lifestyle changes to make to avoid heart complications. They include the following:

  • Quit smoking, this incudes e-cigarettes
  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • Eat a healthy diet to avoid trans fats
  • Start moving more
  • Treat your other heath conditions, especially if you have high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes
  • Know the signs of a heart attack

“Heart health is not something to blow off.” Steinbaum said, again, it’s never to late.