Who is a Candidate For Heart Disease?

Heart disease does not discriminate. However, it is more prevalent in some groups than in others. Heart disease is the leading cause of death in:*

  • African-Americans
  • Hispanics
  • American Indians

*Source: Statistics from the National Heart Lung & Blood Institute, part of the National Institutes of Health

Also at high risk are people who

  • have high cholesterol and other lipids
  • are diabetic
  • are stressed by job, family, finances, life
  • lead sedentary lives
  • are smokers
  • are overweight or obese
  • have high blood pressure
  • eat foods that contain too much salt

Even young people can suffer heart attacks, especially if:

  • heart disease runs in the family
  • they overdo sports activity
  • they are taking steroids of any kind
  • they have congenital heart disease that wasn’t diagnosed at birth
  • they are overweight or diabetic
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