American Heart Month aims to raise awareness about the risks and signs of heart disease, and to encourage more Americans to make healthy decisions. Nearly half of adults in the U.S. have cardiovascular disease and 1 in every 4 deaths are attributed to heart disease. Shockingly, our recent consumer survey found that 71 percent of Americans were unaware that heart disease is the leading cause of death.
In addition, Health and Human Services recently found that the number of younger individuals (35-64) with heart disease is rising, although the death rates from heart disease are slowing. These findings illustrate that despite efforts, Americans are still struggling to understand the risks of heart disease. We hope to provide better information to increase that understanding.
Knowing the facts and changing what’s in your control are key first steps.
When it comes to heart disease, there are several factors to consider such as lifestyle, family history and age. The CDC reports that 47 percent of Americans have at least one of the three biggest risk factors, including high cholesterol levels, high blood pressure and smoking. The bad news is that your family history and age are not something you can change. The good news is that you can take control of your lifestyle to not only ward off the risk of heart disease but to help improve your overall health.
To help you on that journey, we’ve outlined five ways you can prioritize your health and combat the risk of heart disease.
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The HeartFlow Analysis is a personalized cardiac test indicated for use in clinically stable symptomatic patients with coronary artery disease. The information provided by the HeartFlow Analysis is intended to be used in conjunction with the patient’s clinical history, symptoms and other diagnostic tests, as well as the clinician’s professional judgment. Patient symptoms must be documented in the patient’s medical record. While no diagnostic test is perfect, the HeartFlow Analysis has demonstrated higher diagnostic performance compared to other non-invasive cardiac tests1. If you are a patient and suspect this test may be right for you, please speak with your doctor.
1. Nørgaard, et al. J Am Coll Cardiol. 2014; Driessen, et al. J Am Coll Cardiol. 2018.