Heart Disease

Scripps Healthy Life: Caring for your heart at every age

Did you know that heart disease remains the No. 1 cause of death in the United States? About 2,200 Americans die of heart disease each day – that’s an average of 1 death every 40 seconds. Because heart disease is more common as you age, it's important to have regular checkups and know your heart disease risk factors.

High blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes and smoking are key risk factors for heart disease, and nearly half of us have at least one of these four. Poor nutrition and exercise habits can increase your risk for heart disease. This can lead to fatty deposits called plaque to collect your artery walls and slow the blood flow from the heart.

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