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Education, Prevention, Detection, Medication
Did you know heart disease is the leading
cause of death in the U.S?
In fact, the Center for Disease Control reports heart disease is
the leading cause of death in the U.S. and is a major cause of
disability. Almost 700,000 people die each year of heart disease,
accounting for nearly 30% of all U.S. deaths.
Heart disease is one of the main killers of African-Americans, in Alabama. In 2006, heart disease claimed the lives of 12,434 Alabamians. Nearly 600 of its victims were from Sumter and surrounding counties (Marengo 132,Clarke 95, Pickens 104, Hale 64, Choctaw 77, Sumter 58, Greene 45).
On average, in Alabama Heart Disease claims the lives of 35 individuals per day, one or more deaths per hour.
Heart Disease In Women.
In addition, although more men suffer heart attacks, more women die from heart disease and stroke than men. According to the American Heart Association, cardiovascular disease is the leading killer of women over age 25, killing 50% more United States women than all types of cancer. This may be mainly because women often do not realize the symptoms or realize they are at risk for Heart Disease.
Heart disease is a lifelong condition, once you get it, you’ll always have it. Untreated, the condition worsen. Therefore, one must take steps now toward prevention.
Disclaimer: …with All My Heart is for educational purposes only and does not provide medical advice or treatment. Consult your medical provider for more information and treatment of Heart Disease.
By: Debra S. Clark, B.S., M.S.C.E.
Health & Wellness Ed Center, Founder/Director
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Livingston, AL 35470
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Health & Wellness Education Center Increasing Awareness of Heart Disease
Heart disease is defined as any disorder that affects the heart’s ability to function properly. The most common cause of heart disease is narrowing or blockage of the the blood vessels (coronary arteries) that supply blood to the heart. This blockage is usually due to fat and plaque which clogs the arteries feeding blood to the heart. This occurs slowly over time and is the major cause of heart attacks.
According to the American Heart Association nearly 70 million people are living with some form of heart disease (high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, stroke, angina (chest pain), heart attack and congenital heart defects). Erectile dysfunction in men, according to the Mayo Clinic may be a potential symptom of heart disease. Other risk factors include smoking, stress, high cholesterol and high blood pressure.
How do I know if I have heart disease?
Heart disease often has no symptoms. But, there are some signs to watch for. Chest or arm pain or discomfort can be a symptom of heart disease and a warning sign of a heart attack. Shortness of breath (feeling like you can't get enough air), dizziness, nausea (feeling sick to your stomach), abnormal heartbeats, or feeling very tired also are signs. Talk with your doctor if you're having any of these symptoms. Your doctor will take a medical history, do a physical exam, and may order tests.
Although it takes many years for arteries to get dangerously blocked, a heart attack can occur in a matter of seconds.
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