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Controlling the Risks Can Reduce Heart Attack in 80%

By Peter DiMaria

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Every 40 seconds, an adult dies of a heart attack, stroke, or related disease in the United States. They account for about 31% of all US deaths each year. Heart disease and stroke—the first and fifth leading causes of death in the United States—are among the most widespread and costly health problems facing our nation today, according to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention).

They are also among the most preventable. About half (47%) of US adults have at least one of three major risk factors for cardiovascular disease, which includes heart disease, stroke, and related conditions.

Home Care Vernon CT: Some major risk factors can be controlled and will reduce the risk of a heart attack significantly.

Elder Care in Vernon CT: Assessing major risk factors

Extensive research has identified factors that increase a person’s risk of coronary heart disease in general and heart attack in particular. According to the American Heart Association, the more risk factors you have (and the greater the level of each risk factor), the higher your chance of developing coronary heart disease — a common term for the obstruction of the heart’s arteries that could lead to heart attack.

The American Heart Association groups risk factors for heart disease into three different categories:

  • Major risk factors a person can’t change
  • Modifiable risk factors;
  • Contributing risk factors;

The Association recommends adopting changes in behavior early in life, to prevent heart attacks. The first step is to assess the risk factors and take measures to keep the overall risk low, in particular when there are risks that can't be modified.

According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), controlling these factors could reduce a person’s risk of heart attack or stroke by up to 80%.  The sooner you know and manage your risk factors, the better your chances of keeping your heart healthy, throughout your life.

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* Peter DiMaria's "We Care" column about Home Care, Elderly Care, Dementia Care and Alzheimer's Care is published bi-weekly in the Journal Inquirer, distributed in Manchester CT, Vernon CT, Tolland CT, Ellington CT, Somers CT, Suffield CT, Stafford CT, Enfield CT, and all North Central Connecticut.