Preventing Cardiovascular Disease—It’s In Your Power
Cardiovascular disease afflicts or kills as many as one in two adults in the United States and other developed countries. (1) But cardiovascular disease, which includes heart attacks, strokes, and other conditions, can be largely prevented by making healthy choices.
- Compelling data from the Nurses’ Health Study show that women who followed a healthy lifestyle pattern were 80% less likely to develop coronary artery disease over a 14-year period compared to all other women in the study. (2)
- In a companion study, the Health Professionals Follow-up Study, men also reaped similar benefits from making healthy choices. (3)
- A healthy lifestyle pattern may prevent more than 50% of ischemic strokes, (4) 80% of sudden cardiac deaths (5) and 75% of all deaths due to cardiovascular disease. (6)
What’s a “healthy lifestyle pattern?”
Learn how you can assess your risk for developing cardiovascular disease, and what you can do to lower it – or keep it low if you’re already at lower risk.
3. Chiuve, S.E., et al., Healthy lifestyle factors in the primary prevention of coronary heart disease among men: benefits among users and nonusers of lipid-lowering and antihypertensive medications. Circulation, 2006. 114(2): p. 160-7.
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