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February is American Heart Month. Know your risks…

February 4th, 2014 No Comments

February is American Heart Month

Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the U.S., and nearly 25% of deaths in New Jersey are heart disease related. Even though heart disease is a leading killer, it’s also one of the most preventable diseases. By knowing your risks, you can take appropriate measures now to help keep the disease away.

Risk Factors for Developing Heart Disease:

  • Age; older people over 65 are at greater risk
  • Genetics; if your parents have heart disease, your chances are greater
  • Stress level; a high level of stress increases your risk
  • Smoking
  • High blood pressure
  • Diabetes
  • Alcohol excess

Read more on our Community Resource Page. Our Community Resource Bulletin offers tips on caring for an elder or other adult who has had a heart attack or stroke.