LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) -

It's American Heart Month and experts are stressing the importance of staying heart healthy.

Heart disease is responsible for one out of four deaths in the U.S. and is the leading cause of death for Americans.

One way to monitor your heart is by taking a stress test. The test monitors blood flow to the arteries to see if there is a blockage.

It also can create some of the symptoms a patient may feel which goes beyond just chest pain. "You can have shortness of breath when you're walking or doing something new, you can have pain in your jaw or your neck, in your back behind your shoulder blades, some people even have some stomach, epigastric pains so any of those types of symptoms. Anything out of the ordinary, especially if it's coming on when you're doing stuff and going away when you stop, those are more typical of heart-type symptoms," said Josh Dewey, PA-C with Gundersen Health System.

Health experts also say the best ways to avoid heart disease are to cut back on your cholesterol intake, stay active, and stop smoking.