Heart Disease remains the leading cause of death of adults in the United States. According to the CDC, heart disease kills more than 600,000 people annually. The most common type of heart disease is coronary artery disease and results in a decreased blood flow to the heart muscle. When this occurs heart muscle is deprived of blood flow carrying oxygen and death of the heart muscle ensues leading to a heart attack. In the United States there are 790,000 Americans suffering from heart attacks annually.
Reducing your risk of coronary heart disease requires:
- a change in lifestyle; eating a healthier diet, quitting smoking, and increasing physical activity.
- Treating high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and low blood flow with appropriate medications
- Interventions to restore blood flow to the heart