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Celebrating American Heart Month in ETX

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TYLER (KYTX) - February is heart month. According to the Centers for Disease Control, heart attacks account for one out of every four deaths in the U.S. each year.

88-year-old WWII veteran Sidney M. Kahn was one of hundreds who came to ETMC's free heart health fair Tuesday.

"The fact is I have a pacemaker and I spent three years in the military during WWII and I've had 13 surgeries since then. So, consequently I'm really concerned about my heart. And, that's what keeps us going."

Greg Murphy is director of Clinical Research at Tyler Cardiovascular Consultants. He says Kahn has good reason to be concerned.

"It's one of the leading causes of mortality, morbidity in East Texas."

And he says it's the leading killer in women.

"Women need to be screened more frequently, even, than men."

"We work out together. This is my workout partner."

20-year-old Andira Battles and her mother, Keffie, say teamwork keeps their hearts healthy.

"I have my days when I don't want to work out. And then, my mom's like, no, you're going."

Murphy says along with regular screenings, exercise and a healthy diet are also ways to avoid heart disease and heart attacks.

And, with Valentine's Day quickly approaching, now is the perfect time to start making sure you're heart healthy.

"There's nothing like love to make the heart healthy."

And he says a small amount of our favorite Valentine's Day treats can actually be good for our hearts.

"Dark chocolate, red wine..."

Both loaded with healthy antioxidants.

"Valentines, hearts, screening, health. It's what it's all about." says Murphy.

And of course, a little love- something this mother/daughter team uses to encourage each other all year round.

"She motivates me to stay young and healthy."

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