If you're like most people, you think that heart disease is a problem for other folks. But heart disease is the No. 1 killer in the United States. It is also a major cause of disability.
There are many different forms of heart disease. The most common cause of heart disease is narrowing or blockage of the coronary arteries, the blood vessels that supply blood to the heart itself. This is called coronary artery disease and happens slowly over time. It's the major reason people have heart attacks.
Other kinds of heart problems may happen to the valves in the heart, or the heart may not pump well and cause heart failure. Some people are born with heart disease.
You can help reduce your risk of heart disease by taking steps to control factors that put you at greater risk:
- Control your blood pressure
- Lower your cholesterol
- Don't smoke
- Get enough exercise
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- American Heart Association
- The American Heart Association is a national organization whose mission is to reduce disability and death from cardiovascular diseases and stroke.
- National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute
- Information for patients and the public about high blood pressure, cholesterol, heart attack, heart disease and obesity and physical activity.
Are You at Risk for Heart Disease?
According to the American Heart Association, several factors that increase your risk for heart disease have been identified. Some of them can be changed, treated or modified, and some cannot. Controlling as many of these risk factors as possible is the best way to a healthy heart. Find out your risk for heart disease with the following links:
- Heart Attack/Coronary Heart Disease/Metabolic Syndrome Risk Assessment, American Heart Association
- Read about risk factors for heart disease, take a risk quiz and learn more about reducing your risks for heart disease and heart attack.
Reduce Your Risk or Manage Your Heart Disease
- Manage Your Cholesterol, HealthInfoSource.com
- Too much cholesterol in the blood can increase the risk for hardening of the arteries, which can lead to coronary artery disease, heart attack or stroke. This collection of links can help you understand and manage your cholesterol.
- Weight Management, HealthInfoSource.com
- This information highlights the importance of a good diet and regular physical activity in maintaining a healthy weight.
- Quit Tobacco, HealthInfoSource.com
- Quitting tobacco is one of the most important things you can do for your heart and overall health. This collection of links can help you get started.
- Understand and Manage Your Blood Pressure, HealthInfoSource.com
- High blood pressure (also called hypertension) is a risk factor for heart disease and increases your chance of having a stroke. Learn more about blood pressure and how to manage high blood pressure.
- Healthy Hearts, UCHealth
- Healthy Hearts is an outreach heart-health screening and preventive education program offered by University of Colorado Health to adults and to elementary and high school students in northern Colorado.
- Poudre River Public Library District
- Search the library collection for books about heart disease, or use the library's health, sciences and technology databases.
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