Heart disease kills 1 in 3 women, CVS offering free screenings

Leslie Hanson
February 4, 2019

The report in the journal Circulation found that 121.5 million adults in the United States in 2016 'have some type of cardiovascular disease'. Top tips to reduce your risk of heart disease include being active, eating right, achieving and maintaining a healthy weight, managing stress and anger, controlling high blood pressure, improving cholesterol levels, controlling diabetes, and quitting smoking. In 2017, the AHA and American College of Cardiology updated its guidelines to define high blood pressure as a showing higher than 130/80, down from the original 140/90.

According to the American Heart Association, heart disease and stroke kill 1 in 3 women each year, yet more women still believe that their number one threat is breast cancer.

The goal is to raise awareness for heart disease.

"For a long time, heart disease has been thought of as a bigger threat to men than women", says Cindy Peters, RN, MSN, ACP, nurse practitioner, MemorialCare Heart & Vascular Institute, Long Beach Medical Center.

'After decades of a steady decline in the U.S., cardiovascular disease deaths are on the rise (840,678 deaths in 2016 up from 836,546 in 2015),' said the report. Controlling and preventing risk factors is also important for people who already have heart disease.

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