Cardiovascular disease is the number one killer of men and women in the United States. Over 60 million Americans have some form of cardiovascular diseases, and about 2,600 people die each day because of it. Cancer, the second largest killer, accounts for only half as many deaths.
The more risk factors you have, the more likely you are to develop heart disease. Some of them, such as lifestyle, cholesterol and blood pressure, can be modified, treated or controlled. Others cannot, including age, gender and family history. By controlling as many risk factors as you can, you can reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease.
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