In the United States, the most common type of heart disease is coronary artery disease (CAD), which can lead to heart attack. You can greatly reduce your risk for CAD through lifestyle changes and, in some cases, medication. Learn more about heart disease.
How much do you know about heart disease? Take this 6-question quiz to test your understanding of heart health, risk factors for heart disease, and heart-healthy living. Learn what you can do to help your heart keep beating for years to come!
Heart disease continues to be the leading cause of death in the U.S. The risk is higher for African-American men and adults living in the southeast. February is American Heart Month, and Dr. Derrick Gervin, with CDC's Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention, discusses some of the factors contributing to health disparities and ways everyone can live heart healthy.
New research by CDC scientists is being highlighted in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) Internal Medicine. The study, Added Sugar Intake and Cardiovascular Diseases Mortality Among US Adults, examines the relationship between consuming too much added sugar and the risk of heart disease death.
May is High Blood Pressure Education Month. Have you talked about a goal for your blood pressure with your health care provider? If not, do it at your next visit. One of three American adults has high blood pressure, also called hypertension. Learn how to make control your goal.
Most of the sodium we consume is in the form of salt. Too much sodium is bad for your health. It can increase your blood pressure and your risk for a heart attack or stroke. Heart disease and stroke are the first and third killers of men and women in the United States each year.
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