Some 7 million Americans suffer from
coronary heart disease, the most common form of heart disease. This
type of heart disease is caused by a narrowing of the coronary
arteries that feed the heart.
Coronary heart disease is the number
one killer of both men and women in the U.S. Each year, more
than 500,000 Americans die of heart attacks caused by coronary heart
Many of these deaths could be prevented
because coronary heart disease is related to certain aspects of
lifestyle. Risk factors for coronary heart disease include high
blood pressure, high blood cholesterol, smoking, obesity, and physical
inactivity--all of which can be controlled.
Although medical treatments for heart
disease have come a long way, controlling risk factors remains the key
to preventing illness and death from coronary heart disease.
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