“The best thing you can do for heart disease is avoid it”
What is heart disease?
Cardiovascular disease (CVD), or “heart disease,” includes coronary heart disease (heart attack or angina), congestive heart failure, stroke and congenital heart defects. High blood pressure is also considered a cardiovascular disease.
Heart disease is our No. 1 killer
According to the American Heart Association, CVD is the leading cause of death in America for both men and women, killing nearly twice as many people as cancer (25% of people die on the way to the hospital). Coronary heart disease alone is the No. 1 killer of Americans, and stroke is No. 3. Most Americans have multiple cardiac risk factors. One in four U.S. adults have high blood pressure. More than 70% of adults are overweight or obese, as are more than 8 million children.
Reducing risks protects your health and your life
Hagerstown Heart knows that your best chance against heart disease is prevention. Lower your risk factors with these simple – yet important – steps:
- Quit smoking
- Lower cholesterol
- Reduce blood pressure
- Maintain a healthy weight
- Avoid or control diabetes
- Reduce stress
For preventive cardiology, trust advanced, comprehensive and experienced care
A preventive cardiology program aims to reduce your risk factors, prevent a cardiovascular event (heart attack, stroke) and prevent or delay the need for an interventional procedure, such as a bypass or angioplasty. A preventive program also improves your quality of life. At Hagerstown Heart, your prevention program may include nutrition counseling, prescriptions for exercise and/or medications, stress management, lifestyle and behavioral modifications. Know your risks, and keep yourself healthy. Get the advice and advanced, highly experienced care you need from the region’s cardiovascular leaders.