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Heart Disease Prevention

Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States, and a major cause of disability. Americans’ risk of death due to heart disease or stroke continues to grow:

  • Nearly 2,500 Americans die of cardiovascular disease each day, which is an average of one death every 35 seconds.
  • Over 152,000 Americans who are killed by heart disease or stroke are under the age of 65.
  • Over 4.5 million visits to emergency departments are due to cardiovascular disease.

Fortunately in many cases, heart disease is preventable. While there are factors such as age, gender and family history that no one can change, there also are modifiable risk factors you can monitor in your daily life to reduce your chance of heart disease.

Five risk-factors you can control are:

  • High blood pressure
  • Diabetes
  • Smoking
  • Physical inactivity
  • Alcohol consumption

Incorporating these prevention tips into your daily life, can also reduce your risk:

  • Maintain a proper diet and exercise.
  • Manage your weight (normal body mass index is 18.5 - 24.9).
  • Manage your blood pressure
  • Reduce your blood sugar
  • Avoid excessive alcohol intake (fewer than two drinks per day for a man, less than one drink per day for a woman).
  • Manage stress levels at work and at home

The Washington University and Barnes-Jewish Heart & Vascular Center is dedicated to promoting heart-healthy lifestyle choices, prevention and screening tools and research to help decrease the prevalence of heart disease in America.

Learn more about how to prevent heart disease:

To make an appointment with a Washington University heart or vascular specialist at Barnes-Jewish Hospital, call 888.994.1667.