February is the American Heart Association’s Heart Health Month. All month long families across Pennsylvania who have been affected by heart disease have been recognized. Heart disease knows no bounds and it impacts countless families in our towns and communities each and every day.

I applaud the great work of the American Heart Association, our local organizations and all Pennsylvanians that are doing their part to raise awareness of this devastating disease. While our focus is on heart health this month, we should all commit to working together to raise awareness and promote prevention of what is in many cases a silent killer.

Where heart health is concerned, knowledge is power. Knowing and understanding your risk and working to live a heart-healthy lifestyle are keys to helping prevent a life-altering event.

This year also brings with it the 10th anniversary of the American Heart Association’s “Go Red for Women” campaign, aimed at promoting heart disease awareness and prevention for women.

Widely understood as a problem affecting men, few people may realize that heart disease kills more women – at a rate of one death per minute – more than all kinds of cancer combined.

The dedicated professionals working to save lives and improve patient outcomes have rewritten the future for so many people living with heart disease. There is still so much more work to be done. As we move forward in the fight against heart disease, I encourage everyone to remain committed to doing your part for a healthier future.