By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

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The message from President Trump’s declaration of February as American Heart Month was clear: In the fight against heart disease — the nation’s No. 1 killer — the name of the game is healthy living.

His remarks issued Thursday help kick off the annual awareness initiative to fight heart disease. President Lyndon B. Johnson declared the first American Heart Month in 1964.

President Trump said he and first lady Melania Trump are committed to raising awareness of heart disease, and encouraged Americans to “take charge of their heart health, this month and every month.”

New technology, advances in treatments and innovative medical procedures have helped thousands of Americans with heart disease live longer, the president said. Still, the most effective ways to stave off heart problems include eating right, exercising, controlling blood pressure and not smoking, he said.

The president urged Americans to be keep tabs on their health and conditions that may lead to heart problems, especially if they have a family history of heart disease.

“During our observance of American Heart Month, we remember those we have lost to heart attacks and other cardiovascular diseases,” the president said in his remarks.

He also praised health care providers and medical researchers for their contributions to preventing heart disease and discovering new ways to treat it.

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