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Be heart smart - learn about heart disease

Heart or cardiovascular disease is a major topic. And although heart disease remains the leading cause of death in the U.S., 80 percent of heart disease and stroke are preventable. A healthy heart is at the center of good health - make it a priority today.

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Watch our seven-part video series below to learn more about heart disease.

What is heart disease?

Heart disease includes many parts of the heart and may cause complications with the electrical system, circulatory system, or structural problems with the valves of the heart.

What is the most common type of heart disease?

One of the most common types of heart disease is coronary artery disease which affects the blood flow to the heart.

How can I reduce my risk of heart disease?

There’s much that can be done to prevent heart disease starting with a healthy lifestyle. Exercise, a healthy diet, maintaining a good weight and not smoking are all very impactful.

How is heart disease treated?

Heart disease can be treated in a variety of ways including lifestyle modifications, simple medications or minimally invasive procedures.

What does it mean to "know your numbers"?

Regarding the prevention of heart disease, one of the most vital factors is to “know your numbers” including your cholesterol value and your blood pressure.

Why is it important to track blood pressure?

High blood pressure is a very powerful risk factor for stroke and heart disease. Blood pressure tends to creep up. On average, we increase our blood pressure one point every year so as a result, hypertension is very common even in someone who’s maintained normal blood pressure throughout their life.

How do I measure blood pressure at home?

Measuring your blood pressure at home is one great way to take control of your heart health. By monitoring and logging your blood pressure you can share any concerns you may have with your doctor.