It accounted for approximately 15 percent of the coronary and cardiovascular heart disease deaths, whereas diabetes accounted for between five and eight percent and obesity and high cholesterol accounted for between eight percent and 21 percent. "Many of our colleagues, customers and communities have been touched by heart disease and stroke and we are encouraging them to help us inspire action and support the work of the American Heart Association by "going red" and as part of our company's broader commitment to helping people on their path to better health". Not so, says Paramsothy.
"We advise our patients to maintain a healthy lifestyle in order to avoid heart disease", said Mick Welding, Marketing Director for Morrison Community Hospital.
Those at the highest risk are people with high cholesterol, high blood pressure, chronic kidney disease or diabetes, plus smokers and individuals with a family history of premature heart disease.
If you fall into the at-risk category, Paramsothy recommends several steps you can take such as losing weight, eliminating fast food and cigarettes, adding vegetables and fresh fruit to your diet and getting regular exercise. Measuring your blood pressure is quick and painless.
Healthy eating can also improve your heart health.
Stress and trauma can also play a role.
Participants who register online and help to raise funds for heart disease and stroke will have a chance to win a new auto, courtesy of Carolina Kia of High Point.
Here in the Capital City, physicians gathered at the Capital Regional Medical Center's conference center for a symposium focusing on cardiovascular health, working to educate the public about the very real risk of heart disease.
Finally, friendships and social connections are important. But the American Heart Association found that many were unaware of the problem.
But, according to the CDC, small changes can make a big difference.
Pathmaja (Bobbie) Paramsothy, MD, MS, practices cardiology with PacMed.