Are you worried that someone you love might have a heart attack? Would you know what to do if they did? Do you know there are realistic, effective steps you can take to lower your own risk? At Westchester Health, we have several patients who are concerned about having a heart attack, as well as patients who have had one and are anxious that they might have a second. To impart important information about this potentially life-threatening but treatable condition, we offer this blog and also several helpful resources.
Often when people hear the word cholesterol, they think it’s something that’s bad for you. In fact, though, your body needs cholesterol to produce hormones (such as cortisol, testosterone, progesterone and estrogen) and vitamin D. The liver also uses cholesterol to make bile, which plays an important role in the processing and digestion of fats.
Cardiovascular disease is the #1 cause of mortality in America, accounting for 610,000 deaths every year, according to the CDC. If you have diabetes, your risk is even higher. In addition, you have an increased risk of heart disease if you are a man over age 45 or a woman over age 55. You also are at greater risk if you have a close family member who had heart disease at an early age.
Did you know that cardiac arrest, not breast cancer, is the #1 killer in women? In fact, according to The Heart Foundation, heart disease is more deadly for women than all forms of cancer combined. An estimated 43 million women in the U.S. are affected by heart disease. And yet, only 1 in 5 American women believe that heart disease is their greatest health threat.
Since the symptoms of heart disease can be quite different in women and men, and are often misunderstood, I offer this blog to help both sexes understand what to look for, what it might mean, and when to seek medical help.
The bad news: Cardiovascular disease, including heart disease and stroke, is the leading cause of death in the United States. Every year, Americans suffer 1.5 million heart attacks and strokes, and 2,200 people die from cardiovascular diseases every day.
The good news: Heart disease is mostly preventable.