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1 In 4 Americans Die From Heart Disease

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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?


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This interview aired on Tuesday, March 5, 2019.

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Kim Johnson is the producer for Texas Public Radio’s live, call-in show The Source. She is a Trinity University alum with bachelor’s degrees in Communication and Spanish, and a Master of Arts Degree from the School of Journalism at the University of Texas at Austin.