Eau Claire (WQOW) -- February is American Heart Month, and local health professionals say changing your daily routine can prevent, or fight, heart disease.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States.
HSHS Sacred Heart's Director of Cardiology, Travis Christeman, said eating healthy and doing light exercise, even something as simple as going for a walk everyday, can help lower your risks.
What if you live a healthy life, and are still diagnosed with heart disease?
"Our genes still play a factor in it," Christeman explained. "Even though you exercise, you eat healthy, there are those things that can still happen to you. That's where you're seeing your primary care provider, and if your cholesterol numbers are high, if blood pressure remains high, they can start you on daily medication that will help control those numbers."
Christeman said just because you are at risk, or have heart disease, does not mean you will have a heart attack or stroke. He said many Americans live with it, and have it under control with the help of a medical professional.
Listed below are some online resources, if you want to know more about your risk with heart disease: