Let's Have a Heart to Heart

What is Heart Disease? 

Heart disease is one of many cardiovascular diseases stemming from the process called atherosclerosis. According to the American Heart Association, atherosclerosis is a condition that develops when a substance called plaque builds up in the walls of the arteries. This buildup narrows the arteries, making it harder for blood to flow through. If a blood clot forms, it can stop the blood flow. Heart disease eventually leads to strokes, heart attacks, and congestive heart failure. 

Heart disease touches over 600,000 people in the US each year, accounting for 1 out of every 4 deaths. In many cases this disease is preventable, yet the large number suggest otherwise. Our infographic shows the scope of this terrible disease.

Heart Disease Risk Factors

  • Smoking
  • High Blood Pressure
  • High Cholesterol
  • Diabetes
  • Obesity
  • Physical Inactivity

By knowing the factors that increase your risk of heart disease, you can create and implement lifestyle shifts that could potentially be life-savers. You can probably determine your own level of risk by assessing these risk factors, but if you need a heart disease risk calculator, this is a good link here.

Prevention

Many of the deaths cause by heart disease could have been predicted, roughly 200,000 people each year according to the CDC. The best advice we can give you is to eat healthy, don't smoke and stay active. If you follow these steps, you will add years to your life - leaving more time for the good stuff.

Published on February 1, 2016.