Talk to your physician and learn about the latest treatments and lifestyle strategies to lower your risk. Page ContentFast facts about heart diseaseThe No. 1 cause of death for men and women in the United States.Kills more women than men after age 45.Progresses stealthily and silently.As many as 50 percent of people with heart disease have no symptoms until a heart attack occurs.The leading cause of premature and permanent disability among American workers.Responsible for more than 6 million hospitalizations a year.Smokers are twice as likely to suffer a heart attack as nonsmokers.Risk factorsObesity.Diabetes.Smoking.High LDL: low-density lipoprotein, or "bad" cholesterol.High blood pressure.Fast facts about high blood pressureBlood pressure is the force of blood pushing against vessel walls. High blood pressure, also called hypertension, is a condition where the pressure on your arteries is chronically above the normal range.50 million Americans - 1 in 4 adults - have it.Usually doesn't have any symptoms - that's why it's called the "silent killer."Contributing factor in stroke, heart attack, kidney problems, eye problems - and death.Risk factorsEthnicity: 35% of African-Americans have hypertension, accounting for 20% of African-American deaths in the United States - twice the percentage of deaths among whites from hypertension.Age: risk increases after 35.Diet.Obesity.Sedentary lifestyle.Kidney disease.Pregnancy.(Source: American Heart Association.)What can you do about it?Talk to your physician and learn about the latest treatments and lifestyle strategies to lower your risk.Kelsey-Seybold cardiologists offer proven therapies and technology for diagnosing and treating cardiovascular disease.To learn more, visit: www.HoustonCardiacDocs.com. Or call 713-442-0427 to make an appointment.