Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States according to the CDC. 1 in 4 deaths in this country is the result of heart disease – that’s approximately 61,000 people dying of heart disease every year.
Heart disease targets white people, Hispanic people, and Black people equally. About half of all Americans are at risk for heart disease, and that number continues to rise. But while heart disease is deadly, it is also preventable. You can prevent heart disease by choosing a healthier lifestyle and turning your habits around.
The term heart disease covers a wide array of cardiovascular problems. The different types of heart disease include:
There are some risk factors for heart disease that can’t be controlled, such as your family history or your sex. But you can still lower your chance of developing heart disease by decreasing risk factors that are within your control.