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Know Your Numbers: New Survey Shows Many Americans are Unaware of Their Risk Factors for Heart Disease

Posted on February 1, 2017 by Benita Burke, M.D., Medical Director, Heart Care for Women, Valley Medical Group

A just-released study by Cleveland Clinic, of which we are an affiliate of their heart program, shows that while 68 percent of Americans are worried about dying from heart disease, many don’t know the basic numbers important for heart health.
For example, just 18 percent of people surveyed could state their body mass index (BMI) and only 38 percent knew their blood pressure. 
Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women. But there is good news — heart disease is largely preventable and controllable by addressing treatable risk factors and making lifestyle changes. Unfortunately, as the Cleveland Clinic study demonstrates, far too few people know their personal risk factors for heart disease.
To raise awareness of the cause, symptoms, and prevalence of heart disease Valley Health System has established the Cardiac Screening Program, which offers free, comprehensive heart risk assessments to individuals between the ages of 20-79.  
The assessment includes: a medical history; blood pressure screening; heart auscultation to evaluate heart rate, rhythm and presence of murmur; lung auscultation; peripheral vascular pulse assessments; evaluation of lipid profile and blood glucose level; biometrics (BMI, waist measurement, body fat analysis); and American Heart Association Heart and Cardiovascular Risk Score.  
For more information and to make an appointment for a free heart risk assessment call 201-447-8535 or click here.
Tags: cardiology, heart


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