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Heart Disease: Are You at Risk?

While laughter is good medicine for the soul, taking care of your heart is no laughing matter. In less time than it takes you to read this story, someone in the U.S. will be diagnosed with heart disease.

Each year, heart disease is at the top of the list of the country's most serious health problems. In fact, statistics show that cardiovascular disease is America's leading health problem, and one of the leading causes of death. Over the past 10 years for which statistics are available, the death rate from heart disease has fallen about 39 percent – but the burden and risk factors remain alarmingly high.

Statistics

According to the American Heart Association’s 2014 Heart Disease and Stroke Statistical Update:

  • Heart disease strikes someone in the U.S. about once every 34 seconds.
  • Heart disease is the No. 1 cause of death in the United States, killing almost 380,000 people a year.
  • Heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women, taking more lives than all forms of cancer combined.
  • Over 39,000 African-Americans died from heart disease in 2010, the most recent year for which statistics are available.

A nutritious diet, increased physical activity, managing stress levels, and a good dose of laughter will all help to reduce your risk for heart disease.

Ask your Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare provider how. 

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