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Cardiovascular Disease Basics
Talk to your physician and learn about the latest treatments and lifestyle strategies to lower your risk.
Fast facts about heart disease
- The 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.
- High LDL: low-density lipoprotein, or "bad" cholesterol.
- High blood pressure.
Fast facts about high blood pressure
- Blood 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.
- Ethnicity: 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.
- Sedentary lifestyle.
- Kidney disease.
(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. Call 713-442-0427 to make an appointment.