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Taking a Look at Heart Health by the Numbers in Westchester

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Do you know your stats when it comes to heart health? Read up on everything from cardiovascular disease to ways to stay healthy.

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What Is Cardiovascular Disease (CVD)?

A group of disorders of the heart and blood vessels, including coronary heart disease, stroke, arterial disease, and aortic disease.

Cardiovascular Disease


Cardiovascular Symptoms Include:

Chest pain, chest tightness, chest pressure, and chest discomfort

Pain in the upper abdomen or back

Pain in the upper abdomen or back

Pain in the neck, jaw, or throat

Pain in the neck, jaw, or throat

Pain in the neck, jaw, or throat

Shortness of breath

Shortness of breath

Nausea and extreme fatigue

Swelling in the hands, ankles, or feet

Easily tiring during exercise or activity

Source: Medical News Today

Reducing the Risk of Heart Disease:

IMPROVE YOUR DIET

Eat plenty of high-fiber fresh fruits and vegetables and whole grains; choose fish as a protein source; and reduce full-fat dairy and red meat in your diet, foods that are high in saturated fat. Cut back on salt, especially in processed foods.

IMPROVE YOUR DIET

GET TO A HEALTHY WEIGHT

Being obese or even just overweight can increase heart disease risk.

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EXERCISE

Getting regular physical activity can lower heart disease risk factors, including obesity, high blood pressure, high triglycerides, low HDL cholesterol, and diabetes.

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PRACTICE GOOD HABITS

Stop smoking, drink less, and reduce stress.

Source: selfchec.org

Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States, causing about 1 in 4 deaths.

Source: CDC

659,041 Number of deaths annually due to heart disease

200.8 Deaths per 100,000 population

1 Cause of death rank

Source: National Vital Statistics System – Mortality Data (2019) via CDC WONDER

47% of all Americans have at least 1 of 3 key risk factors for heart disease: high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and they smoke.

Source: CDC

NEW YORK STATE

NEW YORK STATE

Prevalence of cardiovascular disease (heart attack, angina/CHD, stroke) among New York State adults

Source: New York State Department of Health

WESTCHESTER

143.5

Diseases of the heart mortality per 100,000 population

69.3

Diseases of the heart hospitalizations per 10,000 population

WESTCHESTER Heart health

Source: New York State Department of Health

Related: These Are Westchester’s Top Cardiologists in 2022

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