Why Heart Disease Is the #1 Killer in America

Why Heart Disease Is the #1 Killer in America

February is American Heart Month, and a good time to look at your own heart health. Why? Because the number one cause of death in Americans is not cancer, lung disease, accidents, or Alzheimer’s disease: It’s heart disease. It’s a so-called silent killer, because many who have it are completely unaware. Also called cardiovascular (heart and blood vessel) disease, heart disease isn’t just a problem that plagues Americans, but the entire world’s population. However, the sad fact is that many are unaware they have heart disease until they experience a major cardiac event like a heart attack.

The good news is heart disease is preventable. By adapting your lifestyle, you can significantly reduce the risk of developing heart disease. You’re in the driver’s seat when it comes to managing your overall health and learning how to be heart-healthy.

Am I at Risk for Heart Disease?

It’s important to realize heart disease isn’t just a disease affecting the elderly. You can learn your risk of heart disease and the conditions that lead to it. Certain health conditions put you at higher risk because your heart has to work harder to pump blood than it does in a healthier person.

Although heart disease is called a “silent killer,” there are medical conditions and lifestyle choices that increase your likelihood of developing it, including:

  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • Diabetes
  • Obesity
  • Unhealthy diet
  • Sedentary lifestyle
  • Excessive alcohol consumption
  • Smoking
  • Family history

Take Control of Your Health and Visit Primary Care Associates of Texas for a Physical

It’s never too late to start leading a healthier lifestyle. While some risk factors for heart disease are out of your hands, such as your age or family history, there are many ways you can actively lower your risk in your control.

To make an appointment with a doctor at Primary Care Associates of Texas, please call today or reach out online for a swift response.

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