Editor’s Note: In recognition of Heart Health Month, we are reprinting this article from the Centers for Disease Control’s website (https://www.cdc.gov/features/heartmonth/index.html) for your consideration.
Heart disease doesn’t happen just to older adults. It is happening to younger adults more and more often. This is partly because the conditions that lead to heart disease are happening at younger ages. February is Heart Month, the perfect time to learn about your risk for heart disease and the steps you need to take now to help your heart.
Heart disease—and the conditions that lead to it—can happen at any age. High rates of obesity and high blood pressure among younger people (ages 35-64) are putting them at risk for heart disease earlier in life. Half of all Americans have at least one of the top three risk factors for heart disease (high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and smoking).
You Could Be at Risk…
Many of the conditions and behaviors that put people at risk for heart disease are appearing at younger ages:
Other conditions and behaviors that affect your risk for heart disease include:
4 Ways to Take Control of Your Heart Health
You’re in the driver’s seat when it comes to your heart. Learn how to be heart healthy at any age.