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Guard yourself against the leading cause of death on World Heart Day

Guard yourself against the leading cause of death on World Heart Day
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Nothing is more important than your health. If you don't take care of yourself, you won't be around to take care of your family, friends or loved ones.

Of course, you know to take care of your lungs, and to get screened on a regular basis for cancer. But, take a moment today to think about your heart.

Today is the World Heart Federation's World Heart Day. It's a day set aside to raise awareness about cardiovascular disease. It's the No. 1 cause of death in the United States, and in the world, with 17.3 million deaths worldwide each year.

But cardiovascular disease is preventable. The World Heart Federation's website has helpful tips to improve your heart health, including not smoking, reducing stress at work and home, avoiding too much prepackaged food, exercising and staying active, and regularly seeing your doctor.

At Komando.com, we've told you about heart-healthy tech tools that can help you monitor your heart's health. That includes the American Heart Association's Heart360. It helps you monitor your heart's health by keeping track of your blood pressure, cholesterol, glucose, weight and the amount of exercise you do.

If you want to make sure your friends know it's World Heart Day, spread the word on Facebook and Twitter. The World Heart Federation is asking people to post selfies of themselves making the symbol of a heart with their hands (see the World Heart Federation's Facebook page here). On Facebook and Twitter, use this hashtag #‎WHD2015 to join in on this important worldwide conversation.

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