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Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Heart disease in men can be fought head-on,

Past American Heart Association president Gordon Tomaselli and AHA spokesman Russell Luepker are quoted in a USA Today article entitled “Heart disease in men can be fought head-on.” The article reminds us that although the rate of death from cardiovascular disease declined by 31% from 1998 to 2008, the disease is still the leading cause of death in the United States – the No. 1 killer of both men and women.
The story points out that men often suffer from the disease at a younger age than women because they tend to have higher blood pressure, higher cholesterol and they are more likely to be smokers. Also, men are less likely to be treated for high blood pressure than women and a lot of them don't manage their blood pressure as well as women do. However, more women die of heart disease than men.
Says Dr.Tomaselli, a cardiologist: "If you have known risk factors for heart disease — diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol – you need to get them under control.” This is the plain-spoken, practical advice the American Heart Association is always eager to share.
Dr. Tomaselli was interviewed for this article many months ago, while he was still president of the American Heart Association. Dr. Donna Arnett succeeded him on July 1.
Source: Heart disease in men can be fought head-on by Nanci Hellmich, USA Today. June 27, 2012. Posted July 8, 2012.

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