February is heart disease awareness month. Heart disease is the No. 1 killer for both men and women in the U.S., striking more than 1 and 4 Americans each year. And if that didn’t get your attention, cardiovascular disease is responsible for nearly twice as many deaths in women as compared to all forms of cancer. That being said, it is never too early to start paying attention to your health and taking steps to protect your heart. Heart disease and strokes are very preventable, but only if you know your risks and how to lower them.