Wednesday Mayor Catherine Pugh proclaimed February American Heart Month in Baltimore.
February is also American Heart Month nationally.
Pugh presented the proclamation Wednesday alongside the city Health Commissioner, the Co-chair and Vice President of Go Red for Women, and a survivor of heart disease.
The disease is the number one killer of all Americans and residents in Maryland. Nearly 2,000 people in Baltimore die every year from heart disease.
Heart disease is also the number one killer of women, claiming the lives of one in three women each year.
"Heart disease is often a silent killer because many people don’t know that they have it until it’s too late and this applies in particular to women and people of color," said Baltimore city Health Commissioner Dr. Leana Wen.
Wednesday Dr. Wen offered some tips to stay heart healthy. She says to stop smoking, keep our children healthy, and get and stay active.