Heart disease, stroke cause one in three deaths among women every year

Henrietta Strickland
February 8, 2019

Almost half of all US adults have some type of cardiovascular disease, a percentage that reflects recently updated guidelines for treating high blood pressure, according to a new report. The 2020 Oklahoma Health Improvement Plan hopes to reduce heart disease deaths in Oklahoma by 11 percent by 2020.

Experts say early detection is key to preventing heart disease.

Part of the reason for the increase is the change in blood pressure guidelines.

If you're at risk for a heart attack or stroke, there are steps you can take to help prevent these conditions. In fact, after decades of steady decline, deaths from cardiovascular disease rose by nearly 4,000 between 2015 and 2016. Making these changes can be critical to your health. For example, losing just five percent of body weight can lead to a blood pressure drop of eight points. Not only are more younger adults dying of heart disease, but their rates of risk factors - such as physical inactivity, tobacco use and hypertension - are also increasing.

You can help change this pattern by evaluating your risk factors and taking action. Doctors say it is also a warning about increasingly sedentary lifestyles. Officials say there are simple steps you can take to be healthier. These numbers are important to know because they can determine your risk for developing a cardiovascular disease.

Dr. Jennifer Haythe, a cardiologist at the New York-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center, agrees. That includes lifestyle choices like quitting smoking, healthy eating, and exercise, as well as getting your blood pressure and cholesterol monitored regularly.

In Oklahoma, the onset of heart disease is all too prevalent.

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