Heart Health Month: 8 Surprising Heart Facts We Learned Over The Last Year

02/06/2012 08:13am ET

Every February, organizations like the American Heart Association, the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute and the CDC team up for American Heart Month to remind us that heart disease is still the number one cause of death in the United States.

If you already exercise regularly, eat a nutritious diet full of heart-healthy foods and keep stress levels in check, you're on the right path toward a tip-top ticker. But there's always more research evolving to teach us more details about what keeps a heart healthy for life. Here's a look at some of the most surprising, uplifting and promising results that surfaced since the last American Heart Month.

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