February is American Heart Health Month

What is cardiovascular disease?

  • Cardiovascular disease (CVD) includes coronary heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke, and other diseases of the heart. It also includes the peripheral vascular system, or the system of veins and arteries that carry blood to and from the heart and lungs.
  • Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is the leading cause of death and a leading cause of disability in Utah and the U.S.
  • Many individuals can be a high risk for heart disease and stroke but may not have any symptoms.
  • Age and family history increase the risk for heart disease. Men have a higher risk of heart disease than pre-menopausal women. Once women reach menopause, their risk of heart disease is similar to men’s.  The risk for stroke is also similar for men and women.
  • Modifiable risk factors for heart disease and stroke are high blood pressure, high cholesterol, smoking and obesity.  Controlling these risk factors could reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke by as much as 80 percent. 

See Utah Fact Sheet on CVD: http://www.choosehealth.utah.gov/documents/pdfs/factsheets/factSheet_cvd.pdf

For comprehensive national resources go to http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/