• The first American Heart Month, which took place in February 1964, was proclaimed by President Lyndon B. Johnson via Proclamation 3566 on December 30, 1963.
• At that time, more than half the deaths in the U.S. were caused by cardiovascular disease.
• It’s important to realize that cardiovascular disease knows no borders. Cardiovascular disease, including heart disease and stroke, remains the leading global cause of death with more than 17 million deaths each year.
• That number is expected to rise to more than 23.6 million by 2030.
• See President Lyndon B. Johnson’s proclamation that first declared February as American Heart Month: http://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/ws/index.php?pid=75180