February is American Heart Month – a good time to stop and think about your lifestyle and your risk when it comes to heart attacks, stroke and other health issues. Do you know the risk factors for a heart attack? Do you know your numbers? Do you know how to prevent the leading cause of death in both men and women?

The American Heart Association breaks down risk factors into three categories: Major risk factors, modifiable risk factors and contributing risk facts. Each level could impact your heart health

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Major risk factors

Major risk factors are your biological factors that can’t be changed. This has to do with age, gender and genes.

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Modifiable risk factors

Modifiable risk factors are elements that you have some control over. These could be things like whether or not you smoke, your cholesterol and blood pressure levels.

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Contributing risk factors

These contributing risk factors may or may not directly affect your risk for heart attack, heart disease and stroke. These are things that may be controlled, but are dire to your overall health.

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You’re never too young to worry about having a heart attack, or too old to start making better health choices. By living a healthy lifestyle, getting plenty of physical activity and developing smart eating habits, you can greatly reduce your risk of heart disease. Don’t smoke, don’t drink too much and stay up-to-date on your doctor’s exams and physicals to prevent heart problems from catching you off guard. Through the month of February, get a discount on the Cardiac CT Calcium Scoring test to assess your risk for heart attack. This test has saved several people’s lives, and you can get it done with an order from your doctor for only $50.