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February is American Heart Month

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Published on February 17, 2011 with No Comments

About every 25 seconds, an American will have a coronary event, and about one every minute will die from one. Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States and is a major cause of disability.
The most common heart disease in the United States is coronary heart disease, which often appears as a heart attack. In 2010, an estimated 785,000 Americans had a new coronary attack, and about 470,000 had a recurrent attack.
The chance of developing coronary heart disease can be reduced by taking steps to prevent and control factors that put people at greater risk. Additionally, knowing the signs and symptoms of heart attack are crucial to the most positive outcomes after having a heart attack. People who have survived a heart attack can also work to reduce their risk of another heart attack or a stroke in the future.
Other conditions that affect your heart or increase your risk of death or disability include arrhythmia, heart failure, and peripheral artery disease (PAD). High cholesterol, high blood pressure, obesity, diabetes, tobacco use, unhealthy diet, physical inactivity, and secondhand smoke are also risk factors associated with heart disease.
Some heart attacks are sudden and intense; however, most heart attacks start slowly, with mild pain or discomfort. Often people affected aren’t sure what’s wrong and wait too long before getting help.
The American Heart Association, the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, the American Red Cross, and the National Council on Aging have launched a new ìAct in Timeî campaign to increase people’s awareness of heart attack and the importance of calling 911 immediately at the onset of heart attack symptoms.
Although heart disease is sometimes thought of as a ìman’s disease,î it is the leading cause of death for both women and men in the United States, and women account for nearly 50 percent of heart disease deaths.
In 2007, heart disease was the cause of death in 306,246 females. Heart disease is often perceived as an ìolder woman’s disease,î and it is the leading cause of death among women aged 65 years and older. However, heart disease is the third leading cause of death among women aged 25ñ44 years and the second leading cause of death among women aged 45ñ64 years. Remember that many cases of heart disease can be prevented.
Almost two-thirds of the women who die suddenly of coronary heart disease have no previous symptoms. Even if you have no symptoms, you may still be at risk for heart disease.
This information was taken from the Centers for Disease Control and Preventionís Web site. For more information and facts on heart disease, visit www.cdc.gov, or visit www.americanheart.org.

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