(photo by Sutton Porter/courtesy of Laurie Edwards-Tate)

(photo by Sutton Porter/courtesy of Laurie Edwards-Tate)

Valentine’s Day may be over, but your ticker still needs some loving care.

A human heart requires nurturing, attention and care if it is to be healthy and fully functioning.

Heart disease is the number one killer of both women and men in the United States.

According to the United States Department of Health and Human Services, heart disease accounts for one out of every four deaths in the United States.

The proliferation of heart disease in the U.S. has been taken notice of by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, resulting in a plan of action to help eliminate it through the establishment of their Million Hearts initiative.

Determined to prevent 1 million heart attacks and strokes in the U.S. by 2017, they have begun their educational program with an emphasis on lowering blood pressure.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention focus on the signs and symptoms which cause high blood pressure due to their belief that it is a major cause of heart disease.

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