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September 29 Marks Annual World Heart Day

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Tallahassee, Fla. — The World Heart Federation is promoting their annual World Heart Day which raises awareness for cardiovascular health and highlights ways to prevent cardiovascular disease. Heart disease causes approximately one in four deaths and is the leading cause of death in both the United States and Florida. About half of all Americans are at risk for heart disease due to high blood pressure, high cholesterol and smoking.

Summer is coming to a close, fall is just ahead, and while we look forward to a vaccine for Covid-19, there’s no better time than now to take advantage of flu vaccine. It’s the best way to protect yourself and your loved ones. Unlike Covid-19, most of us have general knowledge about flu season and the flu—a respiratory disease that can lead to serious illness, hospitalization or death.

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Watch our Florida Health Minute video and learn more about emergency preparedness and health-specific tips found in the Florida Emergency Preparedness Guide which is available in English, Spanish, and Haitian-Creole.

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