Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center professionals have stepped up their efforts during American Heart Month this February to encourage beneficiaries to take small steps to help protect their heart health. Cardiovascular disease is the No. 1 killer of both men and women in the United States with about one person dying from cardiovascular diseases every 38 seconds. Cardiovascular diseases claim more lives each year than cancer, chronic lower respiratory diseases and accidents combined. Every year, approximately 785,000 Americans have their first heart attack. Approximately 17 percent of Soldiers have reported having high blood pressure since they entered the Army.