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American Heart Month

American Heart Month

  Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women[1] .  The term “heart disease” refers to many types of heart conditions, such as high blood pressure and stroke[2]. People, especially older adults, with heart disease are more likely to have difficulties with activities such as bathing, dressing, eating, using the toilet, walking, and getting into and out of bed[3].  Heart disease affects racial and ethnic minorities and low-income individuals the most[4] (OMH). The risk of heart disease increases with age:

  • 27% of older adults aged 65-74 have heart disease5
  • 36% of older adults aged 75+ have heart disease 5,

Although whites are more likely to develop coronary heart disease, Blacks are more likely to die from heart disease 3.  In 2008, about 25% of all deaths were caused by heart disease among African Americans1.  Low-income older adults are more likely to have high blood pressure and/or stroke[1]. A healthy lifestyle can reduce the risk of heart disease.  Here are some steps toward preventing heart disease2:

American Heart Month List
Heart disease can be prevented and controlled.  For more on simple steps to take every day for better heart health, visit the full page of tips.

[1]Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2013, August 28). Heart Disease Facts. Heart Disease. Retrieved January 30, 2014.
[2] Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2013, February 4).  February is American Heart Month. CDC Features. Retrieved January 31, 2014.
[3] National Academy on an Aging Society.( 2000, January). Heart Disease. Chronic And Disabling Conditions. Retrieved January 31, 2014.
[4] National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities.  Health Disparities -Closing The Gap.Health Disparities -Closing The Gap. Retrieved January 31, 2014. [5] Schiller JS, Lucas JW, Peregoy JA. Summary health statistics for U.S. adults: National Health Interview Survey, 2011. National Center for Health Statistics Vital Health Stat 10(256). 2012.
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