Heart Health Awareness
Illustration: Illustration by Jaelen Brock
Author: Lauren Dodd

If heart health isn't top of mind for you, it should be. Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States, responsible for 1 in every 5 deaths. To put that in perspective, one person dies every 34 seconds from cardiovascular disease, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

That's the bad news.

The good news is you can control your risk of heart disease, at least to a degree. The "big three" have a lot to do with that: diet, exercise, sleep. And it's never too late to start doing the right things for your heart.

As a bonus, the better your heart health, the better your sexual health.

February is Heart Health Awareness Month. We want to contribute to our readers' awareness by offering new content every Monday for the next four weeks. We begin with an interview with an American Heart Association-affiliated doctor. We follow that up with another interview, this one with the president of the Sexual Medicine Society of North America, to talk heart health and sexual health. After that comes a story that shows how better heart health starts now—no matter your age. We'll close the month with a story that expands on the ties between heart health and sexual health.

Taking care of your ticker starts now—and it's actually not all that difficult.
The president of the Sexual Medicine Society of North America wants to raise awareness.
Lifestyle changes can improve, or potentially reverse, heart disease.
More than 60 million American women suffer from it, impacting well-being and sexual health.