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Heart Disease

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As the leading cause of death for men and women in the United States, risk factors for heart disease are an important topic to discuss with your physician. The most common type of heart condition is coronary heart disease, and if left unchecked, often surfaces as a heart attack. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, an estimated 758,000 Americans had a coronary heart attack in 2010, and about 470,000 had a recurrent attack.

Heart disease commonly refers to any conditions that cause narrowing or blockage of arteries.  These blockages can cause heart attacks, strokes, infections, chest pain, and many other conditions.  Since there are many different causes and forms of heart disease, it’s important to be assessed by a physician before dictating the proper treatment option. 

Lifestyle choices such as a healthy diet, exercise and stress reduction are helpful in the fight against heart disease, the most effective, preventative measure is a vascular screening for those that may be at risk for a stroke or heart attack.

Risk factors for heart disease include:

  • Age
  • Family history
  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • Smoking
  • Poor diet
  • Excess weight
  • Inactivity (sedentary lifestyle)
  • Other health problems (such as diabetes)