Deaths from heart disease are rising dramatically – are you at risk?

(BPT) - Following years of decline, deaths from cardiovascular diseases, such as heart attack and stroke, have been rising dramatically since 2012.[i] Deaths from cardiovascular disease increased 4% between 2011 and 2017, according to researchers from the CDC's National Center for Health Statistics.[ii]

While cardiovascular risk factors include age and family history, they also include personal habits, such as diet, weight, physical activities and smoking. According to the CDC,[iii] the top three risk factors for heart disease are elevated cholesterol, high blood pressure and smoking, with nearly half of Americans (47%) having at least one of these three risk factors. Other lesser recognized cardiovascular risk factors include high triglycerides and diabetes, even in patients whose conditions are controlled with statins and diabetes medications.[iv]