Fighting the risk of heart attacks through risk reduction

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Heart disease is the leading cause of death in both women and men, and approximately 80% of heart attacks can be prevented with risk factor modification. Those risk factors for heart disease include smoking, high blood pressure, diabetes, high cholesterol, stress, obesity and being overweight, sedentary lifestyle, age, family history and gender.

Cardiovascular diseases are a great public health concern because they account for about one third of all Connecticut resident deaths.

Some risk factors, like high blood pressure, high blood cholesterol, smoking, diabetes, obesity, physical inactivity and stress and be changed or eliminated.

About 27% of Connecticut adults have high blood pressure and about 38% of Connecticut adults have high blood cholesterol.

According the 2009 Connecticut School Health Survey, 15.3% of high school students are current smokers. An estimated 6.9% of Connecticut adults have diagnosed diabetes with many more undiagnosed. Approximately 21% of Connecticut adults are obese. Less than half of Connecticut adults participate in the recommended amount of physical activity.

If someone is concerned that they may be experiencing a heart attack or stroke, call 9-1-1. Minutes matter!

The Women’s Heart Program is part of Hoffman Heart and Vascular Institute cardiac wellness program and provides Cardiac risk assessment and cardiovascular disease risk reduction education free of charge to any woman over the age of 18 years.

Since started in 2006 is has served over 9,000 women.

The Women’s Heart Program is unique and provides health care professionals (Cardiologist, Exercise Physiologist, Registered Nurse and Registered Dietician) who come into the community to reduce the risk of heart disease in women.

 Dr. Anita Kelsey; Cardiologist/Dir. Echocardiography/Phillips Women’s Heart Program At St Francis Hosp & Med Center