Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women in the United States. What should you know to keep your heart strong and disease free?
"Heart disease" encompasses several conditions, the most common of which is coronary artery disease, which can lead to heart attack.
What causes heart disease? What are the signs and symptoms? Can you have heart disease and not know it? What happens if this kind of condition is left untreated?
Forty seven percent of Americans have at least one of three key risk factors for heart disease: high blood pressure, high cholesterol and smoking. Multiple other medical conditions and lifestyle choices can increase the risk.
Many forms of heart disease can be prevented or treated with healthy lifestyle choices. What roles do exercise, diet, sleep and stress play? What does a heart-healthy diet look like?
What else can you do to keep your heart healthy?
- Dr. Mehdi Razavi, cardiologist with the Texas Heart Institute
- Nora Silva, senior community impact director of the American Heart Association - San Antonio
- Linda Farr, registered dietitian nutritionist at Nutrition Associates of San Antonio
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This interview aired on Tuesday, March 5, 2019.