Is America losing the war against heart disease?

“In the past five years we have seen a reversal of a nearly half-century decline in heart disease and stroke, which was a major burden in the 1950s, but began to steadily decline until about 2015,” says Dr. Quinn Pack.

Your lifestyle, age, family history, and pre-existing health conditions can increase your risk for heart disease. Nearly half of all Americans have at least 1 of 3 key risk factors for heart disease: high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and smoking…

While some risk factors for heart disease cannot be controlled, such as your age or family history, other factors can be managed to lessen your chances of developing heart disease…

So, where should you start? Quit Smoking!

“Smoking cessation may be hard, but is a more satisfying risk factor to treat because once you stop, unless you relapse, then that’s it – you’re done. That’s different than diet and physical activity which require effort every day of your life,” says Dr. Pack…

If you’re concerned about your health, talk to your primary care physician. You’ll get details, added knowledge and experience with your personal background to aid in developing, regaining, a healthier lifestyle.

Personally, I consider smoking the strongest death wish for our species. That’s just me. I was smoking over 2 packs a day when I quit…63 years ago. Doubt I would have lasted as long as I have otherwise.

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