Presented by Scott Morrison, CSA and Owner of BrightStar Care of North Georgia
Did you know that heart disease is the number 1 killer of women, causing 1 in 3 deaths each year? Did you know that heart disease kills more women than men, at an average rate of one death per minute? Did you know that heart disease kills more women than all kinds of cancer combined? The most common heart disease in the United States is coronary heart disease which occurs when a substance called plaque builds up in the arteries that supply blood to the heart. Coronary heart disease can cause a heart attack, angina, heart failure, and arrhythmias.
The disease is serious, but there is good news and that is heart disease is preventable and controllable. Particular health conditions and lifestyle factors can put people at a high risk for developing heart disease. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) you can begin by taking small steps every day to put yourself closer to heart health. These preventative measures include eating a healthy diet, maintaining a healthy weight, exercising regularly, monitoring your blood pressure, not smoking, limiting alcohol use, and remember to have your cholesterol checked.
Visit Go Red for Women to learn more about heart disease and how you can get involved in supporting the American Heart Association.