Cardiovascular Disease


Cardiovascular disease (including heart disease and clogged arteries) is the #1 cause of death in men and women, and the South has the highest heart disease death rate in the United States.  According to the CDC, about 610,000 people die of heart disease every year.  That’s 1 in every 4 deaths!


A number of risk factors increase the chances of developing cardiovascular problems. Some, such as age or a family history are out of your control. But in most cases, you can reduce your risk for cardiovascular problems with simple lifestyle changes.

Maintaining a healthy weight, eating a healthy diet, exercising regularly and quitting smoking can all reduce the likelihood of developing cardiovascular problems. Other health problems such as diabetes and high blood pressure increase the risk for heart disease so it’s also important to manage these conditions if they develop.

It’s important for you to know the facts about heart disease.  The CDC has a number of easy-to-read educational materials describing risk factors, signs and symptoms, prevention, diagnosis and treatment of heart disease.

For additional information on risk factors and information on lifestyle changes to help reduce your heart disease risk, click any of the links below.


Diet/Eating Information


Lifestyle/Risk Reduction Information


Georgia State Government


Federal Government

Last Updated on March 31, 2016

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