The most important heart disease fact is that it is still the No. 1 cause of death among men and women in the United States. And it’s important to remember that heart disease affects men and women differently. Not only as it develops, but the signs and symptoms, too.
These findings are based on the American Heart Association's 2020 Heart Disease and Stroke Statistics Update, which is compiled annually by the American Heart Association, the National Institutes of Health, and other partners. Here’s what they found.
The American Heart Association gauges the cardiovascular health of the nation by tracking seven key health factors and behaviors that increase risks for heart disease and stroke. They’re called "Life's Simple 7," which includes:
It’s never too late to start living a heart-healthy lifestyle. Making heart-healthy decisions can help you live longer, giving you the chance to see your grandchildren grow.
And it’s never too early to see your doctor and discuss your risk for heart disease. In fact, the primary prevention guidelines say that the earlier the risk factors for heart disease are prevented or treated, the less likely you are to develop heart disease later in life.
So, if you’re concerned about your risk for heart disease, make an appointment to discuss how you can prevent this highly preventable condition.
If you are at risk of or suffering from heart disease, you can get advice from our cardiologists. Or you can check out our guide: “Cardiology Tests That Are Helping Hearts Stay Healthy.”
This guide will introduce you to three tests your cardiologist can perform to determine how healthy your heart is. In fact, one of the tests can tell you if you’re at risk of having a heart attack within the next 10 years.