The Big “C” scares most of us. The horror stories abound and we’re always trying to figure out how to avoid it…cancer. But it is more likely that you’ll have a stroke or heart attack due to cardiovascular disease. Heart disease is the number one killer in the US. Treatments once you’ve gotten the disease have improved significantly. Cardiac stents and pacemakers extend life and have radically altered cardiovascular medicine, but treatment is never as good as prevention. If you reduce your Body Mass Index (BMI), exercise and eat better your risk is reduced and long term health prospects much brighter.
A new AP-LifeGoesStrong.com survey shows that amazingly few people are worried about strokes! Stroke is the leading cause of adult disability and death. Once you have a stroke you may no longer be independent, requiring a spouse or adult child to bear the burden of caring for you. Women specifically have a one on three chance of having a cardiac event as opposed to a one in eight chance of developing cancer. Monitoring your cholesterol level and stroke risk with a standard lipid test or a PLAC test can show you how much of a difference you will need to make in order to improve your health and avoid strokes and heart attacks. So yes, put on your sunblock to avoid skin cancer and eat your greens to prevent colon cancer, but watch your diet and your weight to protect your heart first.
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