February is American Heart Month; an entire month dedicated to spreading awareness about the most fatal disease and what you can do to keep your heart healthy. Cardiovascular disease affects millions of Americans. In fact, according to the American Heart Association, it is responsible for 1 in every 4 deaths in the United States. Fortunately, there are ways that you can decrease your risk of developing heart conditions. It is very well known that engaging in physical activity, getting quality sleep, and eating a balanced diet are all ways to maintain overall health and especially heart health. But did you know that there is a prominent connection between sleep apnea and heart disease? It is estimated that 1 in 5 adults suffers from some form of sleep apnea. According to the National Sleep Foundation, the relationship between heart problems and sleep apnea is “evolving very rapidly”. It is very common for individuals with high blood pressure or heart failure to also suffer from sleep apnea. Studies have shown that treating sleep apnea has improved individuals blood pressure and overall quality of sleep. It’s important that people seek treatment in order to prevent further complication. Show your support for American Heart Month by taking the steps necessary to keep your heart healthy. For more information, visit www.heart.org.