Are you at risk?
Heart Disease and Stroke in America
9 in 10 Americans have at least one risk factor, but many people are not even aware, or they mistakenly believe that nothing could happen to them or someone in their family.
Heart disease (which includes Heart Disease, Stroke and other Cardiovascular Diseases) is the No. 1 cause of death in the United States killing nearly 787,000 people alone in 2011*.
New groups are facing a heightened risk of heart disease, such as the baby boomers, aboriginal peoples and some of America’s fastest growing ethno-cultural communities.
Heart disease and stroke is the #1 killer of women who are increasingly vulnerable due to lifestyle choices such as inactivity, unhealthy weight and smoking.
Risk Factors you can’t control – heart disease:
As you get older, your risk of heart disease increases
Male: over the age of 55 years
Female: after menopause
Your risk of heart disease is increased if close family members – parents, siblings or children – developed heart disease before age 55 or in the case of female relatives, before menopause
Native Americans, or those of African or South Asian descent are more likely to have high blood pressure and diabetes – putting them at greater risk of heart disease.
Risk Factors you can control – heart disease:
High blood pressure
High blood cholesterol
Excessive alcohol consumption