Cardiovascular disease occurs in the heart and blood vessels and includes numerous problems, like a buildup of plaque, which can lead to heart attack or stroke. You might be surprised to hear that cardiovascular disease is just as deadly in women as it is in men. In fact, the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute says 1 in 4 women die of heart disease.
Certain people have a predisposition to cardiovascular disease, but there are steps you can take to reduce the risk. Please take a moment to read this information on heart disease and pass it along to your friends and family:
- Cardiovascular disease (heart attacks and strokes) continues to be the number one cause of mortality across the Nation, causing 1 in 3 deaths.
- While certain risk factors like genetics, race, and age are not in our control, 70-80% of risk factors for heart disease are modifiable.
- Get your yearly well visit and know your ABC's: A1C or blood sugar levels, Blood Pressure, Cholesterol
- Talk to your doctor about how to reduce your blood sugar levels, manage your blood pressure, and control your cholesterol.
- If you smoke, talk to your doctor about help with quitting.
- Maintain a normal weight, eat healthy, and get active!
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